The Beggar among beggars

A chance meeting with Rector Michael Wright of Grace Cathedral in Charleston set me on a curious path. The Rector wanted to amplify the compassion shown in the bronze church doors depicting the Good Samaritan. He chose the story of St. Martin and the Beggar. A powerful tale of a young Roman soldier who divides his heavy cloak with his sword in order to provide warmth for the homeless beggar. My search for a studio in Atlanta led me to the space and light of the Atlanta Homeless Shelter. For four months, I worked with two models with no water, no heat or cooling. Seemed just right. The clientele of the Shelter was always curious, yet accommodating. Because there was no water, I had to bring with me daily a five-gallon container because I was working in water-based clay. I looked like an exterminator, so my name to all was "Bug Man."