The challenge I give myself in realistic sculpture work is not only to get a good likeness but to capture an emotion of an important moment in their life.
This is my third bust of MLK. Thank you to former Mayor of Texas City, Chuck Doyle for commissioning me to make the first, the Civil Rights Museum for asking me if I had a small version, and to the Universe for inspiring to do the third, which I just finished this year,
After taking a workshop in Sante Fe in face and body casting, I was inspired by the many possibilities. Adding a hand to the composition really added visual interest. When I made this piece, Sam Hurt was primarily known for his syndicated cartoons. Holding a pencil and thinking about what to do next is typical of many artists. He was one of ten of a self-initiative project I came up with to make busts of movers and shakers in the Austin Community.
I was excited when Barbara Jordan agreed to let me do her face cast for my ten movers and shakers of Austin project. When she came to my downtown studio I was in awe of her presence and her voice. She was incredibly nice which helped ease my nervousness.