I transform genuine Maine-made wooden lobster buoys into characters and critters. Inspired by the shape of the buoy rather than using it as something to be painted, I find the critter or person waiting to emerge. There is no one specific way an inspiration comes – it could be by merging my humor, talents, interests and hobbies; or by following the lead of one of my other projects by wondering what it would be like in a different medium; or having the medium take the lead
and see where it wants to go. “Puppy” is faithful, loyal, doesn’t bark and doesn’t know any tricks, but clearly understands the command “STAY”. This puppy doesn’t have to be fed or walked, and will never chew on your slippers. And with that ear-to-ear grin, the puppy will always cheer you up and is bound to evoke a smile even from the most serious-minded person.