“I started as I had for twenty years, making traditional expressive sweeping representational detailed bronze dance figures. People would often comment on the detail and exact proportions, but miss the core of what I wanted to say. The human body communicates with heaven and earth like no other. It's the only instrument of communication that we fully control, and its message, the gesture, the movement, is unique in time and personality.
“I applied my energy to distilling this communication through the art. I said no to everything that was not central. I discarded the detail, the texture, the volume and the color—leaving only a plain (and plane) surface that I curved and stretched into figurative dance gestures.
“The result was astounding to me and exhilarating to all who saw these fresh white dancers. People saw more detail and emotion than before. They saw volumes where none existed and motion from the sweeping curves.
“Because of the heavy editing involved, I called them Essentials. Thus was born the Essentials Collection.”