Bubbles Under Water all started with Bubbles the octopus. Once I created her, I felt like she really needed to be a part of something with a lot of life. And so my underwater adventure began. I never even got to bring this sculpture to a show, a customer came to see me just as I had finished and bought it on the spot. She bought a special display box filled it with sand and other treasures from the bottom of the ocean to make it even more like the bottom of the ocean.
Hermit crabs are invertebrates, animals without a backbone. They have an exoskeleton, an outer shell that provides support for their body but does not provide much protection from predators. They vary widely in color, from red to brown to purple, with stripes, dots, and other patterns which I try to recreate when making them. They have ten jointed legs; the front two legs have large, grasping claws (called pincers or chelipeds) and the rear pair of legs are very small. They have a flattened body, sensory antennae, two eyes located at the ends of stalks, and a soft, twisted abdomen (which the hermit crab keeps hidden inside its shell).I don’t know about you, but I have tried to keep them as a family pet without any success. These cute little creations will last you a life time and you won’t have to do a thing.
This sculpture was based around the snowflake moray eel. Every piece I make has a subject that I start with. I started with the moray because of his colors. As I began to learn about them I realized what a great central piece it was. They live in caves and dark crevices, have very bad vision but a great escape artists if you decide to have one in an aquarium. A very interesting creature.
The name ‘gnome’ is said to come from the Latin word ‘gnomus’ which is thought to possibly come from the Greek word ‘gnosis’ meaning “knowledge” (i.e. of hidden treasure), but is more likely rooted in the word ‘genomos’ meaning “earth dweller” The gnome that I have created appears to be living the good life with a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a cigar in the other.
The Dragons eye was a special order piece. The creation was based on a totem pole. Totem poles represent stories or important events. On these poles, each figure on the totem represents part of a story. These totems are used as a way to record the history and legends of the tribes, or in this case to represent the relationship between two people. He wanted the dragons eye made for her because the eye represents a vision. After this piece I began making a lot of different types of eyes.