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Clay
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Thoughts and Reflections/ Narrative Figures

The imagery of animals had its beginnings with the birth of my son (Ryan). It was during those early years, that our house was filled with pull toys and spinning tops. We (Frank and I) put down the classic to read the nonsensical stories of Dr. Seuss. We discovered the animated world of "Where the Wild Things Go". I was immersed in the wee world of children.

That was the turning point, from the decorative vessel to the narrative forms. I began to interweave folktales and animal imagery from the Native American myths. I choose certain animals, such as birds, wolves, bugs and domestic cats and dogs because of my interaction with or ideas about them. I searched for a human connection: the vulnerability of the rabbit, the since of family within the wolf pack and the basic needs of any mammal to survive.

~ The animal becomes a talisman that represented or told a story of some little obsessions, ideas or concerns.

As my work continues to evolve, I keep my sights on the storyline using various animals and human forms.