"I have been taught as a surgeon to trust my hands- trust the feeling, the physical memory, the intuitive motion"

I think of myself as a surgeon who loves to sculpt and a sculptor who loves to paint. I have many different styles of working, none of which are concerned with breaking rules or boundaries. Rather, it is about ideas that maintain the human component as well as an art historical reference. It is refusing to abandon the means in which man identifies with man. My work encompasses both abstract figurativism and abstract expressionism.

 

The work quality depends on a battle between form, color, and materials. I am Mediterranean, I am a surgeon; as such, I express myself most freely through the human form. The female form uniquely represents humanity and the human condition. It is a source that allows me to mix modern with the classical- combining contemporary aesthetics with classical beauty.

 

Development of form and recognition of color simultaneously drive creativity. Emotion and passion, however, are often driven through colors and their relationships with one another.

 

Plaster and clay allow me different plastic languages in which to sculpt. Plaster allows for a strained language - energy of rapid hardening followed by natural resistance to knives and axes. Clay permits a language of tactile ease and suppleness. Both plaster and clay provide transitional models for bronze sculptures.

 

My art has been inspired by the Etruscans, from whom my people originated. The Egyptians taught me that nature was the great simplifier. Donatello and Pisano opened my eyes to imprecision as a producer of quality. I strive to learn from Rodin and Malliol- modeling plaster and clay, casting bronze, and creating the partial figure. Inspiration for drawing, painting, and collage is owed to Giacometti, Marini, and Picasso.

 

Creativity in my art comes from connecting human experiences. I have been fortunate to have had a great number of diverse experiences- engineering, economics, anatomy, medicine, surgery, and corporate leadership. This has given me “lots of dots to connect” and a broader understanding of the human experience