In My Own Words
The selection of an interesting stone begins my creative process. Interesting stone (mainly varied coloring or fossilized) draws me into the creative process more easily than solid colored stone. I rarely use drawings or a maquette as guides. Once I’ve chosen the stone I spend time (some time a lot of time) studying and understanding the stone (shape, orientation, grain, etc.) before I decide what and how to sculpt it. Most of my work has gravitated in some way toward the themes of enlightenment or emergence. I achieve this theme from either the sculpture emerging from the natural (unaltered) portions of the stone, or in the sculpture itself (open arms, faces looking upward, etc.).
I’m constantly pushing myself to be original and diversify. My sculpture training was from a classically trained figurative artist (Sabah Al-Dhaher), so much of my work gravitates toward the human form in one way or another. My abstract works seem to involve (unconsciously I might add) my life struggles (Missing, Beginnings, Harmony, etc.).