Archangel
Michael
Polymer based clay,
acrylic, and metallic
wax, 1997
I'm always
surprised when
people who are
'religious' are
puzzled by
Michael's warlike
appearance. If
they'd studied  
their scripture
more closely, or
were more familiar
with angel lore,
they'd know the
angels of the Old
Testament are
always armed to
the teeth. I had
great fun
designing his
fanciful armor.
See detail
Golden Eye, (left, detail) and
Klingon Bust
(below) polymer
based clay, acrylic, and metallic wax,
circa 2000-2001
It's always a nice surprise when I'm
just fooling around with clay and
interesting faces emerge, as with
these two sculptures. Sometimes
it's all about the discovery.
Colossus of Rhodes polymer based clay, 2006
Ever since I read Robert Silverberg's excellent book, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, in
the ninth grade,  I've been fascinated by the story of the Colossus of Rhodes. Built in the third
century B.C.E. by the people of Rhodes in gratitude to the god Helios for saving them from a military
invasion, it was destroyed by an earthquake a mere fifty-six years later. Today, no one even knows
what it looked like, how tall it was (probably more than a hundred feet), or where it stood
(somewhere in the harbor, although the legend that it somehow straddled the harbor is false). This
is my version (a mere eight inches tall), based on what evidence there is, and pure conjecture.
Leonardo's Horse (Il Cavallo) polymer based clay, bronze patina, 1995
Another piece based on a lost sculpture, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's designs for the equestrian
statue of Francesco Sforza. He created a full sized version of it in clay, but the bronze slated for the
casting was used instead to make cannons to fend off the invading French. When the French conquered
Milan, they used the clay mock-up for target practice. This sculpture is another by-product of my research
for
Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci.
Below: Another Chiaroscuro
piece, a study for the
Salai
sculpture, from 1994.
Hercules clay with wax finish,
1982. Private collection of Robert
Bartels.
I sat down in the sculpture
studio and turned this piece out
in about three hours.  Though
there are a few anatomical
inaccuracies, this is still one of
my personal favorites.




Below:
Cardinal Richelieu
clay, circa 1976, was inspired by
Dumas'
The Three Musketeers.