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that time we had class on the beach

Two years ago I was building a sand fort on the beach with my kids. We had spent the week in the sand building new and interesting things each day. Beach walkers would stop and ask questions and say nice things. I joked with G whileShow More Summary

barrier island trip

I've been hearing about the barrier island trip for at least 5 years. Blue and Violet's school takes a big field trip in 5th grade. It's the first overnight trip which, I assume, is why they start pumping the trip to students 5 years early. Show More Summary

Sculpture Deathmatch 2017!

Each spring we host the Sculpture Deathmatch in the sculpture studios at Lander University. It is the biggest sculpture event of the year. What exactly is it? Two teams of sculptors go head to head in a 12 hour sculpture competition....Show More Summary

The Gallery/Museum Screw Up Hall of Fame

subtitled: In Which The Artist Bites The Hand That Feeds Him The earliest exhibit and award I received after my undergrad degree was in 1999. This means I've been active in the exhibition world for about 18 years now. As an artist, I...Show More Summary

a little lent

3 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Ash Wednesday was three days ago and here I am thinking about Lent again. Sometimes I give up things. Sometimes I start doing things. The idea is to be a better human in some small way by the end of the 40+ days. I have realized that this has more to do with the thoughtful consideration of each day than it does the removing or adding of an activity. Show More Summary


Really is this green. Quantocks Old England


5 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Violet came home from school the other day with a sad face. This was odd because she’s a very happy 7 year old. I heard my wife say, for my benefit, “Ask daddy about it, I’m sure he can help you”. The dad mind immediately kicked into high gear. Show More Summary


5 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Yesterday there was drama, excitement and danger. It. Was. Awesome. Yesterday was December 28. It was sunny and an unseasonable 65 degrees. Blue, Violet and I slept late while G got up early and went to work. If you're new here, my job during summer and winter break is to keep the kids alive. Show More Summary

Dear Art Student,

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

I teach studio art classes at a liberal arts university. This, of course, provides me with a particular way of thinking about the purpose of higher education. But I'm also a parent. And that provides me with a new way of thinking about the purpose of higher education. Show More Summary

it was the summer of accidental adventures

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Last summer was great. It was the Summer of Waterfalls. And really, how can you top that? This summer I entertained lots of ideas. The summer of treehouses. The summer of beaches. The summer of sitting around in your underwear and watching tv. Show More Summary

politics, religion and idiots

9 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

I’m not an idiot. OK, if you’ve seen me accidentally blow something up or stand on a rolling, spinning office chair to reach something high, you may disagree with that. Heck, I’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes I do some boneheaded things with comedic results, but in all seriousness…I am not an idiot. Show More Summary

two things and an offer

10 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

thing one: It's the end of summer break and it's been a wonderful summer. I did some art thinking at the beginning of break but my brain has been in idle for a couple of months now. I need to be able to have coherent thoughts soon. I need to sharpen my brain for some critical thinking and teaching soon. Show More Summary

st augustine! (part deux)

10 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Last summer we ventured down I-95 into Florida to scope out St. Augustine. We loved it there and we found it difficult to do everything we wanted to do in a week. So this summer we decided to go back to finish what we started. We pretty much made up everything on the fly. Show More Summary

The Vista Greenway Project

10 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

This has been the year of great art opportunities. The latest wonderful thing to come to me was being invited to create a permanent public sculpture for the City of Columbia's newest section of the Vista Greenway. The Greenway is a walking/biking path created to connect local neighborhoods with Finlay Park and with the Vista area of Columbia. Show More Summary


11 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

It's time for the Summer Studio Sale. The one time of year I invite people to my house. Saturday, July 16 you'll be able to tour my small drawing and sculpture studios and purchase super cool artwork at super affordable prices. Here's what you need to know: The location. Show More Summary

the great, big, long vacation post

11 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

'maggy and milly and molly and may' maggy and milly and molly and may went down to the beach(to play one day) and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and milly befriended a stranded starShow More Summary

New Flying Spaniel

I have been commissioned to 'do' another spaniel. Here is the clay original. She will be 'feathered' at the wax stage and the he pillar removed.

and now summer

12 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Today I slept late. All the way to 7 am. Then I made waffles. This was the beginning of my summer break. Commencement was way back on April 30. I did a gallery talk in Greenville the next day. The day after that I got up at 6 am, ran, did PiYo and headed down to the basement studio to make sculpture. Show More Summary

'Hermione' a new 'Girl On Tummy'

I was commissioned by an old friend to do another girl on tummy. The original was one of my first works back in the last century! She was very popular and sold out quite quickly. 'Hermione' I hope will be appreciated too, in another eight households. The first has now made the trip to her new home on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

GCMA Exhibit extended!

I'm thrilled to tell you that my exhibit at the Greenville County Museum of Art has been extended through July 3, 2016. That's an extra month to go by and see some colorful, goofy drawings and sculptures on your summer break! Thank you to everyone who has made the effort to go by and see the exhibit already. Show More Summary

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