These new sculptures comprise a series of work begun in the spring of 2018. Having just moved to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, I approached the owners of Elmore's Landing with the idea of doing an artist's residency. Elmore's is an indoor/outdoor gallery preserved in the memory of it's founder, Joe Elmore, a well-known folk artist and sculptor. Given the go-ahead I cleared out a section of Joe's workshop, brought in my tools and began sourcing materials. I wanted to materialize my reflections on my new environment, so I went to the woods. The teeming trees shoulder and twist their ways upwards, taunted by choking vines and sometimes savage winds from the Gulf of Mexico. And I went to the piles of trees, magnolia, live oak, slash pine and more, felled and pushed aside by the rapidly spinning machinations of corporate development. And from the Choctawhatchee Bay I pulled remnants of pylons, docks and boats washed ashore. I gathered these materials and began to shape them. Instead of running the wood through machines to produce straight, square lumber I hewed them with hand tools and a shaving horse and joined them with mortises and tenons. To invite participation I endowed some of the sculptures with moving parts, hinged or jointed as the limbs of marionettes. To reflect the colors of this environment - and to embellish the moods - I painted parts of some of them with oil paints.