Essentially, my work is concerned with the evocation of spiritual or primal states, using simple organic forms, often in suggestive conjunctions that elaborate metaphorically primary issues of ambiguity, morality, accident/intention, contradiction or even existence. Frequently there is an allusion to circumstance, contextual usage, and time as a condition of the work, but it appears in a peripheral, indirect, or generalized way, never specific or obvious.  I have chosen by personal evolution to use forms and images that appear to be part of some culture with an elaborate mythological structure, never quite defined, but evidently interrelated.  I am concerned with the intellectual speculation that we make regarding other cultures, especially primitive or ancient ones based on our observation of their artifacts.  This anthropological perception is a key issue in my work.

 

Formally, I use relatively simple sculptural images, sometimes static like monuments, other times active, dynamic forms that suggest some usage, often ritualistic.  I also tend to use materials and processes that imply cultural attitudes that are harmonious with nature and the passage of time.  Clay has the most associative power in archeological terms and easily responds to the expressive needs of my ideas as well as being rather permanent and durable.  Wood, stone, fiber, bone, and some found objects also work effectively as materials charged with connotative powers in this context.  Hopefully, each element, as well as the whole body of work, contributes to the total effect of rediscovering an artifact that is evidently outside of our culture at one level, but reflects a kind of universal human consciousness and ultimately stimulates the perception of our own personal existence.

born Bryan, Texas 1949

BFA  1971 Sam Houston State University

MFA 1973 Texas Tech University

 

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2009“Retrospective Part 1: Artist’s Collection 1980-2009”, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas

2008Lonestar College Kingwood, Kingwood, Texas St. Charles Gallery, Rockport, Texas

2007Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India Art Space India, Kolkata, India (catalogue)

2006Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Texas Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas Galvan House, Corpus Christi, Texas Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, Texas

2005Airport Art Spaces, San Antonio, Texas Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, Texas

2004St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas

2003Baylor University, Waco, Texas Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, Texas (catalogue) Coastal Bend College, Beeville, Texas Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas

2002Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas

2001Finesilver Block, San Antonio, Texas Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2000San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas

1998Instituto Cultural Mexicano, San Antonio, Texas (catalogue)

1997Michael Zarou Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana Local Color Gallery, College Station, Texas Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts

1996The Artists' Gallery, San Antonio, Texas San Antonio Art League, Artist of the Year, San Antonio, Texas (catalogue) Midland College, Midland, Texas

1995Parchman Stremmel Galleries, San Antonio, Texas Bee County College, Beeville, Texas Judy Youens Gallery, Houston, Texas

1994The Art Center, Waco, Texas (catalogue) Moody Library, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

1993Peyton-Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico The Gallery at Los Patios, San Antonio, Texas

1991 Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, Texas

1990Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas Milagros Contemporary Art, San Antonio, Texas (catalogue) Baylor University, Waco, Texas North Harris County College, Houston, Texas

1989Read-Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

1988Sweetbriar College, Sweetbriar, Virginia Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas Bright Shawl Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

1986Wallace-Wentworth Gallery, Washington, D. C. Jim Cotter Gallery, Vail, Colorado

1985Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

1984Wallace-Wentworth Gallery, Washington, D. C. (catalogue) Koehler Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

1982Objects Gallery, San Antonio, Texas The Artisan Gallery, Wilmette, Illinois

1981Front Room Gallery, Dallas, Texas Koehler Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas

1980St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

1979Front Room Gallery, Dallas, Texas Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

1977"Relics", Mind's Eye Gallery, Houston, Texas

1976"Virgin Wings", Southwest Cra