“The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”
See that big chunk of stone up there?
All of my art starts out exactly like this. Some chunks are big. Some chunks are small. No matter the size, they all have one thing in common – the potential to become something uniquely wonderful and beautiful.
For me, each piece is a journey. Sometimes, the journey is smooth and quick – everything works out just the way it’s supposed to and I arrive at my destination (the finished piece) feeling accomplished, energized and ready to move on to my next creation.
Other times, the journey is long and hard – nothing goes the way I want it to and I arrive at my destination feeling frustrated, tired and wanting close and lock the doors to my studio for good.
Whether the journey to creating my sculptures is smooth or rough; easy or hard; fruitful or frustrating; it is one that is familiar and oddly comforting to me. When I am in my studio, grinder in hand, I am at home. I am in my element. I am in my comfort zone. I know exactly what I need to do to achieve my desired end result.
Today, my journey as an artist brought me to a most unexpected and uncomfortable place – to this very blog. This blog will be a place where I will share my life as an artist; husband and father with all of you. I will share my successes and failures; my thoughts and opinions; my tips and tricks of the trade; and the stories of my life that have brought me to this point.
Now, I don’t want you thinking that in addition to being a sculptor, I also have a great talent for writing because that couldn’t be further from the truth. The contents of this blog – layout, design, photographs and writing – are courtesy of my very talented wife. In addition to having an incredible memory, she knows me better than anyone else on this earth (even better than I know myself!) and I can’t think of anyone better to take the contents of my head and bring them to life with words.
If you’re not an artist, I hope that the stories and thoughts I share in this space will give you a better understanding of what it means to live and work as a professional artist. If you are an artist, I hope you can relate in some way and share your own thoughts, experiences and opinions with me. If you are an art lover/art collector, I hope you find beauty and inspiration in my art and contact me to bring your vision to life.
This is a new leg of my journey and even though I’m a bit nervous and uncertain, I can’t wait to see what we can create together.