I've long been inspired by the friendly and peaceful view of rural life as portrayed by the wooden toys and folk sculpture of New England. The staying power of these depictions intrigues me despite knowing that our relationship with the environment is often much more complicated.

My work continues in these traditions, materials and even the fantasy in which nature is concerned for our welfare, shares our goals, thinks like we do, exists for our benefit.

Every day the natural world keeps telling us that we’re not the only game in town. Every day I attempt to balance this awareness with the desire to pretend otherwise.