Current piece in progress
These pieces were made with no preliminary studies, only a general direction.
I began my art studies as a painter and still occasionally get out the oils. But even in school I was using cement tools to apply paint to canvas and masonite. I suppose the sculptor part of me was not to be denied. Working in wax, which then became bronze, allowed me to use my sculptural approaches for wall pieces. Wood , stone and other metals are used as well.
Due to the availability of marble where I studied, I was able and eager to make some larger pieces. One of the things you quickly discover is if you don’t learn how to safely move and make large stones stable, your art career will be brief. Coming from a drawing and painting background, this was initially discouraging as I was accustomed to creating whatever ideas that came into my head. This is possible with stone, but they may fall over and crush you. Physics and engineering had to be considered within the overall aesthetic. I began to realize though that viable stone elements could become interesting beyond their structural purpose. Most of the larger stones we had access to were thick slabs and great for construction pieces, but less so for carving. After completing my degree, I went to Pietrasanta Italy, where all types and sizes of blocks are available. This allowed me to work on a larger scale by carving from a single block instead of constructing from multiple. There are advantages to using multiple stones to build a larger piece, but I currently enjoy working from a single stone. I did however learn about developing the space in and around the sculpture from working with multiple stones.
These pieces have a more structural basis. Althought the initial phase is random, a theme or idea becomes the driving force fairly early in the process of carving. Many of the works use shapes based on architectural elements. I have always liked the shapes created in bridges and cathedrals. Arches, domes, flying buttresses have their own beauty as well as perfoming an engineering function.