Curious individuals constantly ask how long it takes to sculpt a piece. My answer is usually "it depends". There are some sculptures you see in your minds-eye and have motivation that wells up and you just complete it quickly. There are other pieces that take years to sculpt. I try to recognize my limits as an artist. The human figure is one of those things that I will continue to work at for the rest of my life. Children's faces and the female body have such soft features that they are difficult to duplicate and capture accurately. A figure (pictured here) is my "learning" piece. It has sat on my sculpting table for years, literally. I'm not sure if it will ever be finished, but I see it as a learning experience, my own personal school and tutor. It's helped me to appreciate the process, observing the subtle lines and curves and how best to capture them. I enjoy learning, but at the same time I am a perfectionist and impatient. This piece has helped me to relax and slowly come to terms with my limits and teaching me at the same time.
I'm amazed at the blessing of living where I do. The mountains sit to the west and then there is an abundance of wildlife that I see both at the "studio" a few miles away AND at my house. Coyote, hawk, owl, water fowl, elk, even moose and so many others. Just the other day I was able to snap the attached picture of a bald eagle sitting in a tree off a running trail behind my home. As an artist, the blessing of viewing nature at work, doing its thing, brings me peace. Moments like these are inspiring and motivate me to sculpt, to create and mimic the scenes I stubble upon and am grateful to be surrounded by.
Beyond creating, the life of an artist is displaying work at shows and getting seen. Here in this image is our booth at and event in Denver. I have the opportunity to meet people and answer questions about my father's work and my own. I've learned to bring new works and spend any slow time on them. It also allows viewers the opportunity to see a sculpture-in-progress.
Here is a short clip of myself performing as a living statue... Please go here to read more about it.
The elephant is a creature that fascinates many. My attempt at portraying this beautiful animal is in progress and will hopefully be cast into bronze soon. As a sculptor who often sculpts wildlife, it was only a matter of time until this theme found it's way into my portfolio. Check back for updates.