In 2017 ,The Los Angeles Mission was celebrating 25 years of the Anne Douglas Center. The center focuses on changing the lives of woman on skid row. Anne and Kirk Douglas have been influential in this work and the mission wanted to honor them in a special way. I was honored to created the piece titled "Caring is Sharing". This has been the motto of the Douglas', in their passionate work with the Homeless in Los Angeles.
24" bronze to honor the work of Anne and Kirk Douglas for their work with the Los Angeles Mission.
back view, detail
Each year the Los Angeles Mission, honors someone that has shown exceptional passion for the plight of the homeless, with their Anne Douglas Award. This year I was commissioned to create a special figure that embodied this amazing woman. We call this sculpture "The Anne". In 2017 it was presented to Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Pictured here with Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas.
pictured with "The Anne" award, top left: Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles mission, David Drier, former California Congressman, Dr Betty McMicken. bottom left: Kirk Douglas, Anne Douglas, Catherine Zeta -Jones
A highlight for me was being invited to the Douglas home, They are such gracious people who have lived an amazing life. I was wowed by their world class art collection.
"Caring is Sharing" sculpture, surrounded by Clave, Chagal, Miro and Picasso
I was inspired to do a series of vessels for a fundraiser in Laguna Beach for LOCA arts education. The fundraiser had a circus theme. I thought I would do these vessels as vases and candle holders.
I interpreted my sketches into forms that I threw on the potters wheel
After throwing the form I carved and added details to give the characters life.
Finished work. Underglaze, stains and oxides , Multiple firing, the family is complete
The piece was created for one of our favorite organizations, INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION. The group is committed to working throughout the world , through the legal systems, to represent the poor and powerless. Much of their work is dealing with the sex slave industry. This sculpture was inspired by a young mother who is a thriver , and was given new hope.
This larger piece was part of a fundraiser for INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION.