As we close out 2017 I can’t help but feel grateful for all that has happened this past year. In the spring I visited Germany and France with my family. I got to visit the Louvre for the first time which was the highlight of my trip. I also got to visit the Rodin museum hotel Biron which had many of Rodin’s sculptures and where Rodin himself lived for the last 9 years or so of his life. As soon as I returned to the states I immediately began work on several life size sculptures some of which were installed last month for Norfolk Veterans Home, Heroes Park in Nebraska. My mom, aunt and step dad were able to attend the celebration/unveiling which included a fly over. It was such an honorable yet humble experience to see so many people take part in honoring the veterans of the Korean War memorial and the WWII memorial that these sculptures represented, despite the frigid cold weather of eastern Nebraska. The families that I worked with for the two sculptures expressed to me their gratitude for the work I did in creating the sculptures and for putting my heart and soul into them.
This year has been a busy year having sculpted 7 life size monuments, as well as various other smaller projects. One of these monuments I worked on is a three figure composition of a military family called Returning Home. The sculpture composition depicts a husband returning home from war and greeting his wife and child and will be cast in bronze and installed in 2018 at American Veterans Park in West Point, Nebraska.