I like to think that I am an artist with deep roots, grounded in the most ancient of artistic traditions in regards to my influences, favourite medium and subject matter. I consider myself to currently be an emerging artist; I’m sending-up tender shoots and budding in the springtime of my career. The summer is ahead of me... I will reach for the sky and strive to branch-out into unexplored territory. The contemporary art-world is the savage garden in which I will grow.
Since the first time I opened an Art History text book, I have been intrigued by the ancient art of stone sculpting. In particular, I have been influenced by the great stone sculptors from the Baroque and Neo-classical periods. A couple of my favourites are Bernini and Pradier. My past work has not greatly reflected this influence; however, I consider my past work to be little more than a learning experience in preparation for the more major projects that I will soon begin. When I work with stone, I feel a strong connection to these great artists from ages past. I am currently carving stone from Cararra Italy; this legendary quarry has been a favourite source of stone for Master Sculptors since the dawn of western civilization. Although, I also use modern power tools, I enjoy the use of traditional hand-held chisels and rasps; tools and techniques which have not changed much over the centuries. I like the permanence of stone; it has proven to stand the test of time. Jade in particular, is perhaps the most durable medium known to man.
When I work with stone I also feel a strong connection to nature. I like stone because of its inherent natural beauty. It can be found in every colour and pattern imaginable. I love its tactile nature. There are many variations of texture and combinations of textures waiting to be touched. These include naturally weathered, frosted by chisels, rasped rough and polished smooth.
Another reason that I like stone is that working with it is always a voyage of discovery. Every stone has a sculpture trapped inside it and it is the duty of the sculptor to discover it and set it free. Although, the sculptor generally has clues about the attributes of any given stone, its full beauty and unique characteristics are often not revealed until the sculpture nears completion.
Like the classical style sculptors from ages past I am inspired by the human figure. However, I enjoy carving a variety of other subjects, including wildlife (especially marine-life and reptiles). I am also intrigued by sacred symbols and geometry. Some of my favourites are spirals, the figure 8 symbol for infinity and the yin/yang symbol for universal harmony. I also think that the sacred circle is especially important and this is why I enjoy carving bowls. Finally, I just can’t get enough of minimalism
My main goal as an artist is growth. Although, I am currently happy working with stone, I am also very interested in learning to work with other traditional mediums including wood, clay, bronze and other metals. I think that it is important for an artist to embrace change and continue to try new challenges. With this in mind, I am also open to exploring the use of more modern mediums and techniques.