Intimate relationships tend to be more harmonious when there is a certain regularity or predictability in the conversations between partners. A couple's mutual and individual perceptions within the life experience are constantly in motion. Life's everyday twists and turns can make it wildly unpredictable. As individuals, we can, ourselves, lean toward the unpredictable at times. And the moment we take our partner for granted and assume we know how they will react to a situation becomes the moment we start to lose touch with them.
To many, life seems redundant and we come to always expect the same results. In reality, life is like an orchestra—shifting, gliding and melding in movements that—to the untrained ear—can be barely perceptible at times. The difference between a good and bad relationship experience is often a matter of one's presence of mind. It is those tiny moments of expression—a loving smile, disappointment in your lover's voice, the wink of an eye, the gentle squeeze of a hand in yours—that a conscious person notes and employs to create a regular communication style that often says much more than words alone can communicate.
in my experience with my wife, I've always endeavored to make sure that our conversations ensure a certain sense of stability. Our lives are constantly moving and when we stop communicating, we start to lose touch with one another.
Family Gathering 18"h x 10"w x 8"d
I firmly believe that the family unit (and this very much includes extended families) is the basic building block of humankind. Having said this, I would add that the family gathering, is the “glue,” if you will, that unifies, or holds the family together. As such, group interaction among family members is one of the most important aspects of our existence.
It is my belief that we are spiritual beings focused in a physical experience. On some level, we have chosen our own family members in order to provide the most fertile possible medium for spiritual and emotional growth. This stands as a symbol of the critical importance of the family unit. When viewed from the posterior side, the onlooker will notice that the figures are connected from the waist down. This aspect of the piece is intended to demonstrate the spiritual connection among family members, while the sanctity of each person’s individuality is expressed through the separateness of the bodies above the waist.
Spirit of Silence 16"h x 70"w x 8"d
“Spirit of Silence” is my artistic interpretation of our personal relationship with the guiding spirit force. There are 25 human figures depicted in the piece. The tallest figure (center) is intended to represent the individual or physical being that is the flesh and blood manifestation of our true or spiritual self. On both the left and right side of the individual, there are 12 smaller figures which portray the silent guiding force. Each of these characters represents an hour of the day and serves as a reminder that the guiding spirit never rests. It remains on duty 24/7, gently ushering us down those roads—rocky and smooth—that will provide the best possibilities for personal growth.
The World at Your Fingertips 16"h x 9"w x 7"d
In the words of poet, Maya Angelou, " Segregation shaped me; education liberated me." Education opens our eyes and ears. It informs us that the singularly most important freedom is the freedom of the mind. Without that, there is no creative expression, no justice and no choice. Education is the key that unlocks the chains of oppression and brings the world to our fingertips.
Finding Balance 13"h x 8"w x 4"d
Upon celebrating 31 years of marriage, my wife Gladys and I were in total agreement that our matrimonial union had produced an abundance of joy, gratitude and personal growth. We embarked on our journey together after knowing one another only a short time, but we mover forward with open minds and hearts and vowed at the onset to work together and take full responsibility for the success of our commitment. We continually nurtured our relationship with communication, appreciation and caring. In the process, we both became more compassionate and humble over the years. As we have grown together, we have learned from each other and discovered that in many ways, we are more alike than we at first thought. Throughout our life together, we have faced many challenges - all the time maintaining a good balance between work versus play, risk-taking versus restraint, and planning versus spontaneity. Over the years we have managed to maintain our positive attitudes and pleasant dispositions. I feel that leading a balanced life is one of the keys to happiness and longevity. In the words of my grandfather, "Everything in moderation, including moderation."
Time to Fly 18"h x 12'W x 8"d
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
Roman Poet & Philosopher
(c. 99 BC- c. 55 BC)
I love this quote. The idea that we cannot fly alone, but are only able to soar to the heavens when partnered with the complementary wing of our mate, resonates in my mind as a powerful truth. In this piece, I positioned one wing slightly forward while the other is angled backward. This is my attempt to symbolize my belief that oftentimes one partner leads and the other follows. One guides while the other supports. It’s a balancing act that moves back and forth in perfect harmony. It was only after meeting my wife that my life began to take flight. Our union truly lifted me up and gave me the chance to achieve new heights in both my personal and professional life. I adore my beloved wife. She is truly my angel. Without here, I would have a difficult time remaining aloft for any length of time.
Having Fun 12"H x 11"W x 5"D
I was visiting with some old childhood friends one day, when during our conversation, I came to the realization that we were enjoying each other’s company and interacting in much the same way we had as kids. From my own experience, I have observed that as we mature into adulthood and beyond, we tend to complicate things and make our lives so complex; even humorless at times. The day-to-day struggles and hardships of life can weigh us down and cause us to lose sight of the simple things that make us happy. When we spend time with old friends, it can sometimes bring us back to the days of our youth when we still knew how to fully engage, be present in the moment, and simply have fun. My recent reunion with my buddies served as a self-reminder to enjoy life in the moment and to not take life so seriously all the time. Of course it’s important to work hard and be focused on our goals, but it is just as important to hold near to our hearts this youthful sense of having fun.
In this piece, the figures sitting together each have their own expressions and display their own body language. This demonstrates how each one of us occupies and owns our body differently from one day to the next. But when we come together in comradeship, the face and body relax as we embrace the moment and effortlessly partake in having fun.
Equilibrium 12"H x7"W x 7"D
“We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves.” — Dr. Francis J. Braceland
I truly believe that we are capable of achieving almost anything we set our minds to. Nearly everything we need in order to ensure our success, lies within us. It is largely a matter of believing in oneself and maintaining self-discipline. I find that we often do battle with ourselves over giving time and attention to life’s obligations versus spending time doing the things we enjoy. This piece was inspired by the human struggle to maintain a healthy balance between work and play in our everyday lives. The hat represents the responsibilities and obligations we carry everyday. The figure’s gesture serves to indicate the desired balance between fulfilling obligations and taking time for joyful activities. Maintaining this personal equilibrium is a key factor in ensuring our happiness, good health and success.