“I don’t remember when I did not look to animals as a source of beauty and inspiration. Including humans, I’ve made them subjects of toys and sculpture for three decades and have put most of them on wheels. I combine inspiration, a vision of gesture and memory, with the physicality of wood and paint. The building part is a place of transition where everything snaps together, an intoxication of pure flow.”
“I often use ancient Egyptian cosmology as subject matter. In using myth as a context, there are lots of stories to tell as these grand beings flap back and forth between animals and human. Some of my pieces become sophisticated toys, while others are about nature and rhythm and color. My objective is simple: to have fun. I want adults to have toys also, to give in to being playful.”
Above: Dona Dalton. Kingfishers: Celebese Dwarf, American Pygmy, Ruddy, Malachite. Carved poplar, painted with latex enamel and acrylics. 5″ x 3″. Photo by Peter Groesbeck.