Q: Did you anticipate it being that exhausting when you started out on it?
A: When you’re young you don’t even notice it. It’s when you get into your 50s that you start feeling it. One thing I didn’t anticipate with this is getting older. I did well until I hit 50 and then my body started breaking down and I wasn’t healing up. I used to be able to heal up after a weekend and get back into it. My body doesn’t heal quite as rapidly. It takes months sometimes years to heal something that I’ve injured. That’s one thing I didn’t think about.
Q: Do you ever anticipate having to stop?
A: One day. I’ll always sculpt but one day I’ll stop doing the big ones.
Q: How do you think you’ll feel at that point?
A: Probably relieved. Right now I’m just juggling a lot of work so I don’t know — it’s one of those things where you just hang in there and do what you can do. We go in to every day like it’s a fresh day and just do what we can. You put in a good day and feel good at the end of the day that you accomplished a lot and you’re worn out. We’re trying to do the best we can given the circumstances.
Q: When did you feel like you “made it"?
A: I don’t think the majority of people really ever feel like they make it. I think that as long as you’re making a living off of your art work you’re successful. There’s very few people doing it. Most people have back up. I think if you can just survive as an artist, pay your way, then you’re very successful.