The challenge of sculpting animals is what motivates me. I’ve always been fascinated by animals. I enjoy studying them, and learning how to re-create them. Most of my sculptures start out as a pencil drawing of an animal. Then, I use either water or oil based clay to sculpt it three dimensionally. I strive for something akin to anatomical accuracy, but allow distortions, positions, or situations that are unnatural. That sculpture may find its completion in clay, or serve as a model for something bigger. Sometimes a larger, more refined clay sculpture will be made for the bronze casting process. For masks or large, yet lightweight sculptures I use paper and a binder called methylcellulose. Most recently, I’ve been exploring wood as my newest medium.