I am continually amazed at how exciting it is to make art works. Even after making sculpture and drawings over a long period, through all the ups and downs of the creative process I get a thrill every time I enter my workshop. The studio is my favourite place to be on the planet. When the sculpture hasn?t gone easily and if, at the end of an exhausting day, I am not happy with the decisions I?ve made or the progress I?ve made it only confirms the value of making the work.
Art making is so difficult that when it succeeds it is sweeter precisely because of the struggle. Occasionally works do come together more easily and I am immediately suspicious of them. I look for the reason. Am I kidding myself? Will the work hold up in the test of time? Those works have to be left in the studio in order to mature. They cannot be let out until I am sure of their integrity.
Because art making is fun it is doubly important to take it seriously. It is serious fun however it must not be made for instant gratification but rather for the long term. The rewards it gives the viewer must grow over time and be sustained for the years to come. I hope that the passion I feel for the work, and the joy I receive in making it, is also transmitted to the viewer and gives them much pleasure.