It’s not too early for snowSeptember 12, 2017
If you’ve followed the works in progress page, you’ve seen the latest addition to my aviary; a snowy owl in graphic granite.
The Snowy Owl is the largest (by weight) North American owl. It shows up irregularly in winter to hunt in windswept fields or dunes, a pale shape with catlike yellow eyes. They spend summers far north of the Arctic Circle hunting lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey in 24-hour daylight. They can catch small birds on the fly. In years of lemming population booms they can raise double or triple the usual number of young.
Snowy Owls are seen sitting on or near the ground in wide-open areas, including agricultural fields and airports. They often perch on rises such as the crests of dunes, or on fence posts, telephone poles, and hay bales. They can also be found along the shorelines of lakes and oceans. When they fly they usually stay close to the ground.
For more about this elegant subject, see the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s article.
Symposium updatesAugust 13, 2017
The Maine Coast stone symposium is under way at the Boothbay Railway Village, and runs through August 31st. The other artists and I will be on-site through August 21st.
In addition to creating a new work on-site, I’ll be giving a talk that takes one of my projects from conception through installation, with emphasis on the specialized tooling that I make to shape stone.
The talk has been re-scheduled for Tuesday August 15th at 7PM – but come to the symposium at any time.
The Press Herald has an article on the symposium here.
I look forward to seeing you.
Update 16-20 August:
Article in the Boothbay Register.
As often happens, I ended up spending most of my time helping my fellow sculptors, leaving completion of my work to some quality alone time when I’m back at my studio.
See work in progressAugust 11, 2017
Every piece that I create has a story that starts with inspiration, and evolves through design, production, and sale. You can participate in the story by visiting the sculpture symposia, such as the one in Boothbay, where you can see me at work and talk about the process.
In addition to these news items, the work in progress page of this website allows you to see how some current projects are evolving.
I’ve also started posting some behind the scenes snapshots to my Instagram account.
I hope that you enjoy these glimpses into the creative process. Let me know what you think!
Landed troutJuly 7, 2017
I’ve installed TROUT on the Meredith Sculpture walk in Meredith, New Hampshire’s Scenic Park, which is along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s five and a half feet long, and 265 pounds without the base – and that’s no fish story!
“Drive” and “4-8-4” out for a spinJune 12, 2017
“Drive”, a project long in the making, has gone out for another spin. This time, in the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce office.
Drive is based on the streamlined coupes of the 1930s and is made of quartzite, stainless steel and Brazilian cherry, and the feeling is of speed is electric – as are the headlights. Previously on display in the Brookline, Massachusetts Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s exhibit: Curve Appeal, it’s a favorite of some of my biggest fans!
In escaping my studio, Drive had the able assistance of “4-8-4”, a quartzite steam locomotive wreathed in smoke. The numbers refer to the number of driven and idler wheels. 4-8-4 locomotives are at the pinacle of steam locomotive design, weighing as much as 350 tons and capable of up to 100 miles per hour while hauling passengers or freight. This sculpture takes cues from Norfolk and Western’s J class of glamorous streamliners.
Go see them while they are out and about. If you think of sculpture (and especially stone) as a static medium, you’ll be amazed by their fluidity and speed!
Studio workJanuary 21, 2017
After many years, I finally made time to finish the main room of my studio and add gas heat. As usual, I was my own contractor.
An extra benefit is that the drywall reflects the southern sunlight that comes through the main doors. While the light has always been good, the diffuse reflections from all sides reduce shadows and provide an even better environment.
This room is about 16 feet square, and 20 feet high. Because I couldn’t completely empty the space, the work required considerable acrobatics, even with a scaffold & a helper for some of the work.
The upgrades make it possible to do more work, more comfortably on the coldest days of the year.
For a complete tour of the studio before this work, see the 2014 blog post in Erin Little’s studio tours series. Her photography makes everything look good.
Maine Coast Stone Symposium in AugustJanuary 12, 2017
Yes, it’s cold here now – but the August sun beckons.
I’ll be participating in the Main Coast Stone Symposium at the Railway Village in Bootbay this August 11 through 21. The theme is the ties between technology, industry and the creative world. Eleven other artists will be there, so it will be fun! The fact that there are also exhibits of railways and antique cars is a bonus. Maybe I’ll create something like these previous works:
… or perhaps something totally different? Come and see!
This symposium is part of a month-long celebration of the history, art and culture of Maine’s stone industry. Educational programs and a history exhibit are also planned.
More information here.
IO Welcomes visitors to downtown AugustaDecember 22, 2016
IO moved from its home in the Viles Arboretum to downtown Augusta, opposite the Hartford fire station on Green Street.
The Augusta Downtown Alliance purchased the piece for the city after evaluating and voting on several options. The board is focusing on quality of life issues to help Augusta “look like a great city, so it can be a great city.” It’s wonderful to have been selected to be a part of this transformation.
Read more about this installation on centralmaine.com.
Birds take wing, water takes to the roadNovember 16, 2016
It’s been a busy week.
Stalking Heron flew all the way to England, and Library Heron is about to fledge.
I installed Raven in a private residence, moved Water in the Sky to it’s new home, and am about to install IO near the Hartford Fire Station in Augusta, Maine.
And I’m starting a brownstone stele.
New sculptures at Viles arboretumNovember 14, 2016
I installed two new sculptures at the Viles arboretum on 12-November: Owl rising and Solium.
As always, admission is free and you are welcome to enjoy them in their verdant setting.
Both are available for purchase.