Duane Dammeyer’s work is shaped by a combination of education, life events and artistic influences. Engineering influences the geometric forms such as triangles, cubes and spheres that are seen in many of his pieces. Construction and stone masonry experience contribute to design and composition illustrated by the integration of different stones into a single piece. Nature inspires the organic and fluid forms often seen. Two approaches characterize his work. At times the stone dictates the final form; the natural beauty and color of the stone dominating the piece, using subtle shape and negative space in attempting to enhance what is hidden within. Other times, a shape or shapes may be imposed upon the stone — form and construction dominating. Each sculpture is an attempt to generate, in the viewer, an emotional connection with the work. People often are influenced differently viewing the same piece of art and learning these connections continues the creative process.