This sculpture commission is somewhat different from those that I am used to. Usually I have a contact, a client who approaches me to do a bronze of their loved one. In the case of the sculpture of Dick Hathaway this sculpture has come to be because of my own enthusiasm and desire.
In some ways I am my own client. This makes much more work for me. Usually the personal affects and photographs are provided to me. Instead I have to go seeking out these items. Of course my clients provide the funds, but not so in the case of the Dick Hathaway Memorial. I am trying to raise the balance of at least $ 9,000 after my personal donation of $16,00+
No matter what the posthumous sculpture subject, I still spend a great deal of time trying to find my subject, immersing myself in who they were. Whether it is like the last three commissions; Patsy, a mother in Texas, Lucas, a five year old in Arkansas or Jeanine, twenty-six year old form Alaska, my work is finding them. I spend time meditating and searching for each one. In some ways there are advantages to my initiating this project. For one thing I had the pleasure of meeting Dick Hathaway, however short our interaction was. I was still able to know a part of him in life that in most of my posthumous sculpture projects I never have that luxury.