Nature is my primary inspiration and I channel that energy into my sculpture. I explore the capacity of my media by making creatures and bringing metal to life through the process of direct metal sculpture utilizing copper, brass and stainless steel. The malleability of copper renders organic form as well as provides a canvas for the blue-green variegated patina. The stainless is linear and hard, adding structural integrity as well as providing its own finish possibilities. I use bronze filler rod to “glue” the copper together by brazing it with an oxygen/ acetylene torch while the stainless is welded. My aim is to capture the essence and energy of the creatures I sculpt in order to share with the viewer my experience and feelings about the natural world around us so they may feel connected to nature in a new way.