The desire to create is the vehicle by which we, as humans, extend our minds and souls beyond the limits of our physical selves. Through the material and creation of the work, I consider the complexities of the life cycle. I recognize the truth that we are more of the natural world than of the created world. I parallel the ephemeral nature of wood to the experience of life and ask the viewer to consider the stages of life that are often overlooked by society. I have a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and rather than working against the grain, I work with it.