Art is life.
At least art makes life more interesting.
Each individual path to learning about art is unique.
I began by learning to make carousel horses. Constructed of laminated basswood, hollow body.
Titled, Shorty and Rufus, the horse and bobcat are alive and partners in tall tales. Rufus, is part of the latin name for bobcats, and Shorty is what I called horses as a child. My brother, Shawn, painted this.
Adding carvings to furniture, cabinets, and railings. Bas-relief, and in the round carvings were finished via fire, a la the Japanese wood finishing Shou Sugi Ban.
A Colorado Saguaro was one of my first sculpture commisions. It is made of pine logs bolted together.
Birds are a wonderful subject. Fence and bed posts, as well as ridge beams.
Regarding the previous...GO HAWKS! Hey I was a child in Washington State when the Seahawks became a franchise and as Brancusi famously said,"When we are no longer children we are already dead."...Um...excuse me I digress, back to the regularly scheduled program.
A wine rack inspired by a city sky scape. Two matching racks with grape clusters and leaves carving.
A private commission where two trees that grew from one stump were cut down for fire mitiagtion.
When left to my own desires my art tends to towards the abstration. Wedding presents for friends or a study of skiing cast in aluminum.
Bears and horses have been popular themes.
Wood is a great medium for flying pigs.
Stuffed on Sushi was my entry in the 1999 No Man's Land International Wood Carving Competition in Breckeridge, Colorado. It won People's Choice and was purchased by the Upper Blue Elemantary School PTA and I would revisit this idea later in bronze.
Bronze casting books befuddled me until I received a scholarship to the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado for a mold making and bronze casting workshop taught by John T. Scott.
Hasty, my first bronze sculpture, is of one of the original avalanche rescue dogs who worked at Copper Mountain. The sculpture is in Dillon, Colorado.
Half-Volley is a three foot tall bronze that captures a young boy about to kick a bouncing ball.
The Aspen Art Museum commissioned me to create the Allora Calzadilla's Hope Hippo for the Restless Empathy Show in 2010. It was made of straw and clay and thankfully I have some very talented friends who helped me with this.
Snow is a wonderful medium for many forms of carving. SKIER'S JOKE!!!
The title,"On a rug sumo reads how to dance." is an anagram of the competition theme, "What goes around comes around." Our team, The Numb Bums, won first place at Wintersculpt in Aspen.
Stuffed on Sushi in bronze and almost twelve feet long.