The first drawings I distinctly remember were those I drew on the blackboard for my classmates when my teacher left the room. I was seven and the drawings were cartoon characters. This pastime yielded to endless doodling in my schoolbooks and eventually into more serious artistic endeavors. My work is influenced by just about everything I encounter: by the beauty of nature and of manufactured objects, by people--- delight in their generosity and kindness; dismay at their willful and often unwitting inhumanity to the men, women, children, and animals with whom we/they share the world. My work expresses these concerns both because my emotional response is inevitably translated into art and because I believe that it is my responsibility as an artist to share my concerns about violence and injustice. I employ a variety of materials. Each individual piece develops from an interaction between particular materials, a concept, and the work itself as it evolves. Each piece is a work of love.