I have always felt that whatever one does, it should be at least a little special. Art makes the world go round. It's what sets humans apart from the animals. With art, the trivial becomes the extradinary. A box becomes a home, a walk becames a dance, a speech becomes a song, a search becomes an education
I am often inspired by the material in hand. Sometimes the material inspires the project; sometimes the project dictates the material. The nature of materials is integral to the success of a project. That doesn't mean that a material can't be used in a new and creative way. Serendipity. It doesn't always work, but failure is the road to learning.
I have been fortunate to find a way to use my unique set of skills to make a career in the equestrian world. During some of my best years in the sport, the sport itself went through a very bad time. A rash of major injuries and deaths plagued. I stepped up to dedicate much of my time to the promotion of safety. I entered the political fare in the sactioning organization (USEA) to push for rule changes. I also volenteered to to hold educational experiences for safer jump design and construction.
Another project I was involved with was at the Fabyan Estate Park when I lived in Batavia, IL. Fabyan's is a county park that was a grand estate in the early 1900's. As a teenager, I hung out there quite a bit. I love that place. In 2006 I found that the historic Arts and Crafts style garage was to be demolished. A non-profit group (Friends of Fabyan) convinced the park board to spare the building if they restored it. I volunteered to help repair and replace damaged siding. After that, I also re-built the historic balcony and a fancy gate/fence. My greatest achievement was to re-create the original garage doors that had been missing for almost 100 years. Friends of Fabyan gave me a special honor that year.