I find it difficult to convey what this life's work means to me. For reasons I don't understand I have always needed to make things. If not carving, it's building a house, a sturdy stone wall, furniture or some random structure. It's just always been important for me to be creating something. And, the more challenging the better. It may not be widely true in all art circles, but to my eye, for something to have artistic value, it ought to also be difficult to execute as well.
While some pieces are created with the intention of a specific theme or emotion, I resist the urge to explain my work or any individual piece with metaphor. Proclaiming the piece reflects some universal truth or speaks to the human condition is not my style and, I feel the nature and genuineness of my work, doesn't call for it. My trying to subjectively define the "inner meaning" of a piece for the viewer, doesn't seem to benefit the work. I would prefer the work stands on it's own.
Having said that, I do strive to have my carvings convey a gentle grace and simple beauty. My hope is that, with the careful choice of pose, the gesture and attitude of the form comes through. If a viewer is drawn to a piece and it causes a response, if it evokes either a mood or feeling, or simply touches something within, then the work fulfills my intention.