The images in this series above and below are based on my frequent confrontations with mass, form, and reduction. This technique, carving and subtracting mass away from a solid volume has forever found a place in my desire to create sculpture and 3-Dimensional art forms. Like most high school students being exposed to new art making techniques, this one stood out for me. When I entered my undergraduate BFA program, although not majoring in sculpture at the time, (my MFA is in sculpture) I did maximize the sculpture courses that were available. I reduced pretty much every solid material I could get my hands on. Reductions were taken away from clay, plaster, wax, foam, limestone, alabaster, and ice. I still enjoy and continue to work with these materials. I am drawn to clay because I can create with an immediate and urgent energy. Results are fast and measurable. Simply put, it is my intention to create and discover new forms. This is indeed the case with this series presented here. The whole process took about 3 hours. Two hours are dedicated to the reduction of mass and creation of negative spaces. Discovering complimentary positive and negative shapes help my eye travel through the piece. A continuous linear flow is important to me. As I discover secondary contours I tend to repeat the most interesting ones. This is a purely aesthetic process. I spend time observing the piece as it develops. Once the sculpture is completed I spend about 2 hours rendering drawings of the form. The forms in these drawings later become content for my paintings.