Although I’ve had just a few of them, so far, commissioned works are far more challenging than the sculptures I am inspired to design and create spontaneously. Of course, a commissioned work must have an inspired design, but this alone is not enough. In addition, it is essential that the sculpture fit — literally and aesthetically — into the space where the patron wants it. Finally, it is crucial that the commission conveys the theme, or themes, that the artist and patron embrace.
Now, to this mix I add the following: It is paramount that the patron understand, acknowledge and accept the process described above. This has been the case to date.
I believe balancing these interests is a delicate and demanding, if not elusive, task. But, once this balance is achieved and the commissioned sculpture is created and accepted, the perfect intersection of design, space and theme is so powerful and gratifying that any prior angst vanishes.