My sculpture is Bas-relief sculpture. In this category of bas-relief
sculpture there is high relief which is sculpture which you might see
jutting out of the sides of buildings and is attached to or a part of
the building. It generally is stone or cement.
My wood sculpture is LOW RELIEF, and is created by carving away a
part of the background to make the foreground stick up higher. My
particular low-relief technique is done for emphasis and visual texture.
In all cases, I carve to enhance the foreground.
The outdoors is my home. I am a wildlife artist and currently am a
member of The Indiana Wildlife Artist, Assoc.
I love animals and know that the preservation of them is primary to
the preservation of human life.
In my early career, my work centered on printmaking, the medium being
woodcut and the subject was primarily people. I experimented early on
with wood burning and carving but soon came to love the challenge of
reductive and multiple block lino and wood cut. My inspiration was Pablo
The Moose Family drawn composition is planned in pencil and the
picture is burned. Basically, you are drawing a picture with a pen
heated to several hundred degrees. Shading and contrast is achieved by
how long the tool is stroked on the wood and how long it is allowed to
burn the wood.
Carving is done with various tools, both hand and electric. The
technique I use is skip carving, done to create emphasis, movement and
visual contrast and texture. The burning and carving has been my primary
art medium for the past 15 years. I have created fire place mantels and
large planks have become part of log furniture.