It was an experiment…to see if a mixture of resin and catalyst would be strong enough to reinforce thin recyclable-twisted paper bags. The Face (below center) was a joy to create because it was a spontaneous add-on sculpture that was quick and rewarding to finish.

Resin is a thick liquid that needs a catalyst (hardener) to make the finished material strong and solid. The Runner (below left) is the first sculpture I made with a mixture of black automotive putty (resin) and catalyst, to fill the many molds of body-parts needed for this sculpture. Mold-making is necessary in most cases, but sometimes I like to skip the messy clay-mold process entirely.

I did not learn of Fiberglass until three years after discovering resin. The process is the same but the fiberglass-cloth mixed with resin and catalyst give extra stability and options to the finished product.

1972 | The Runner | resin
 5-sided mirrored box | 26″x20″x25″
Exhibited at the 1979 Boston Marathon Expo

1992 | Face | resin on recycled paper | 20″x13″ 

1996 | Take off | magnet
1995 | Half Dome


1972  |  The Runner 

The Runner consists of a face, hand, leg/foot, and chest/arm…emphasizing the muscular energy of the human body
Clay was used to create these four body-parts.  Plaster molds were made and filled with black-automotive putty (polyester-resin).  This durable yet lightweight material worked well, especially when attaching the pieces to the mirrored box (above).

My goal was to simulate the motion of running and capture the anguish, dedication, and fortitude found on a runner’s face at the end of a long race. When looking-up into the 5-sided mirrored box, the viewer can see multiple reflections of the four components tumbling on top of one another...they do create movement. 

In 1979, I was invited to exhibit The Runner at the Boston Marathon Expo, in conjunction with their prestigious annual race. The feedback from the exhibit was gratifying and inspired me to enter the Maryland Marathon.
On December 2, 1979, 
I definitely felt the anguish! as I completed the 26 mile, 385 yard event in 4 hrs. 42 min. 11 sec. achieving my goal of under 5 hours.

Detail | Leg + Foot
Detail | Profile
Detail | Hand


1995  |  Exhibition in Seoul Korea   
Small Sculpture From Maryland 
Gallery Art Club 21

To meet the Korean gallery’s shipping requirements (all sculpture needed to be lightweight and under 5 inches), I used two small molds from the 1980s, that were cast in bronze: Resilience  and  Deja’ Vu.  Lightweight polyester-resin was the perfect material for shipping. I renamed the new sculptures for their mountainous counterparts: Half Dome  and  Delicate Arch, respectively.

1995 | Seoul, Korea | Gallery Art Club 21 | Small Sculpture From Maryland | Sponsored by Towson University and Baltimore's sister-city in Korea
Half Dome | 3"x3"x3" | Yosemite National Park, CA, USA | resin | left view
Resilience | 3"x3"x3" | bronze | right view
Delicate Arch | 4"x3"x2" | Arches National Park, UT | resin | front view
Deja' Vu | 3"x3"x3" | bronze | back view


 Resin  |  Mirrors  |  Acrylic paint  |  Magnetic Backs

1996 | Take-off | 5"x2.5"x2"
1996 | Basketful of... | 5"x2.5"x2"
1996 | Colorado, 3.5"x1.5"x1.5"
1996 | Eagles Nest, | 4"x3"x1.5"
1996 | Colorado | detail | side view | magnet back