The English craft of pargework was brought to America with the colonists. It was popularized by the Adams brothers whose interior decorative plasterwork graced the elegant colonial homes. My work recreates this work using traditional techniques and is inspired by the vigorous and charming designs created by the native craftsmen’s interpretation of this art form. The sculptors of the Renaissance inspired me to major in sculpture in college where I learned both ancient and modern techniques, among them bas relief. Relief means that the subject matter physically stands out from the background in varying heights to simulate atmospheric perspective. My work emphasizes the natural world, including flora and fauna as well as domestic animals. Each piece is designed, modeled and cast by me personally.