What is your favorite material to work with?
"I primarily work in metal, but have done many assemblage sculptures that incorporate other nonmetallic objects as the basic building material. For example, I was commissioned by the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, to create a life size cow made completely out of children’s toys.
A toy drive was held to gather hundreds of toys needed for building the assemblage cow. The drive yielded seven very large boxes of toys that ranged from matchbox cars, dolls and action figures, to transformers, Legos, animals and Sponge Bobs.
I am always on the lookout for materials wherever I go. It’s a bit of an obsession. House sales, garbage cans, the side of the road, flea markets, auctions, auto repair shops and scrap yards are all places where I find interesting objects. Sometimes I buy things in bulk - a gross of spoons or bicycle forks."