Spring is the result of a model canceling one day. A few sculptors and myself were set up and, while waiting, I began to fool around with the clay from a figure sketch by Joseph Sheppard. The sculpture was created from what I know of human anatomy and how I felt about this exaggerated and animated pose. After making a mold of the clay prototype, I raku fired it and gave it to a friend. I called the raku piece "Free" for two reasons: first, I was freed from reality by the model and, second, I gave it away.
I renamed the bronze edition "Spring". Spring represents rebirth and renewal. We women are blessed with the gift of giving birth and making the nourishment to sustain life. Personally, I get the feeling of vulnerability from this figure as she sits, legs open, neck exposed. Her body is naked and she is open to criticism, yet, she remains confident and strong in her pose. She is neither embarrassed or ashamed. This is, for me, what makes her special. She is woman, she is "Spring".