I’ve always felt the need to create. It is not an option for me; it is a necessity. Throughout my life I’ve experimented with various mediums and modes of self-expression as outlets for my creativity. Several years ago, as I registered for my first stone-carving class, my intent was merely to learn a bit about “another new thing”. Little did I realize the intense satisfaction that I would derive from this medium.
I’ve found that stone carving requires deep concentration, physical energy and vision. It also takes a great deal of time and a willingness to yield one’s will to the limitations imposed by the stone itself. Yet, at the same time, it is exhilarating for me to enter the stone, interact with it, and allow it to guide me to its final form.
The act of stone carving involves the use of many senses. I do not approach the stone with a preconceived idea or plan. Rather, I spend a good deal of time just observing my raw material to allow it to inspire me. Sculpting then becomes a spontaneous act and, while I’m working, my piece changes constantly. I step back and study the stone from different angles and I am very aware of the way that light falls on my work from each viewpoint. However, at times I also close my eyes and rely solely upon my sense of touch to guide me. As a result, I feel, my pieces are abstract forms, which are organic and sensual in nature and are inspired by the natural materials used for their creation.
I’ve often observed similar interactions occur as an individual approaches a piece of my sculpture. I love the way that the stone entices one to touch it and to move around it in order to observe it from different points of view. This multi-sensory experience reflects my own interaction with the stone during my creative process. The net result, I hope, is a deeper connection between the viewer and my sculpture.