As a small boy I walked through my neighborhood filling my red wagon with rocks. I took them home and emptied my harvest on the garage floor. The light and shadows in the rocks fascinated me. I studied their crevices and began to paint them. Years later, although I am largely self-taught, I had the privilege of studying sculpture with Leon Sitarchuk. Now I am still fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow as I create deeply-pocketed texture in clay. My pieces emphasize this texture, which reveals the emotional state of my subjects. My technique carries me beyond modeling a physical likeness; I look beyond the surface to evoke the spirit in the shadows.