As the son of a prolific sculptor and an avid art collector, Ted was exposed at an early age to creating and enjoying a broad variety of visual art.
During his career as a chemist, Ted was inspired by the creation of molecular forms with their intricate geometries and unusual functions. Despite the most painstaking planning, unanticipated problems often demanded unexpected changes in the design of new molecules to reach the desired outcome.
Sculpting in wood with its infinite complexities of grain, color, density, and imperfections, also demands similar creative challenges.
Ted’s work usually starts with a sketch that he translates into a rough, 3-D clay maquette prior to working with a suitable piece of wood. The excitement may begin with an unexpected encounter within the wood of a grub or termite, unanticipated cracks, knots, unusual grain or color. The finished sculpture is seldom quite as he had planned and the process both challenges and surprises him.
The subjects of his work are abstractions from human, animal, and natural forms and sometimes simply shapes inspired by mathematical functions. They are intended to inspire the imagination of the viewer and are often seen as representing very different subjects.
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Highlihgts From Ted’s most recent Solo Show in Cambria, CA