Drawn during a cold spell (it didn’t get over freezing for several weeks). I draw these pastel abstractions laying flat on a table, and work without declaring a top or bottom until very near the end of the process, when I shift the canvas to an easel for the final touches.
This is one of three landscapes on canvas I did in the fall of 2012. Each was a different size, and I did them one a day over a three day period. Shortly after these were drawn Winter hit Ohio hard, and I haven’t yet done an outdoor landscape in 2013 (as of 4-6-2013).
This late fall drawing of my back yard was done by candle light on my back porch. Somehow only having a vague idea of the color I’m holding can make for a nice surprise the next morning.
A crisp fall afternoon, relaxing after a day spent carving. Leaves are gone, there is a light mist over the corn stubble in the field. The plowed ground becomes shadow.
The walnut stands clear before the forest as the light fades from an ordinary day made extraordinary. It amazes me that I always see something new in the same scene, hundreds of sketches of my back yard later.
This smallish drawing is one of a few landscapes on canvas I did fall 2012, between larger canvases. Works this size are done in one day, and are a way I clear myself between the abstractions. I like the immediacy of working this size.
This 1500 pound carved limestone ice cream cone stands proudly outside one of Ohio State University’s oldest buildings, which now houses the Mirror Lake Creamery and Grill on the ground floor. Thousands of students walk by my work every day on the campus. I wonder how many notice the top scoop is cherry? Carving the […]
I was commissioned to create the focal sculpture for an Ohio park dedicated to our nation’s fallen First Responders. I created hundreds of different images of people doing very ordinary things; all of the poses are the sorts of things we all do every day, from walking the dog to playing a trumpet. I wanted […]
This sculpture was commissioned as a gift by my daughter’s graduating class of 2012, Wellington School. It is in memory of a schoolmate that died of brain cancer when the students were in kindergarten. Caroline was a playful girl, and loved the outdoors. As a father, the honor was enormous. That class was full of […]
This bronze bust of the legendary Tony Hinkle stands in front of Butler University’s Hinkle Auditorium, one of the nation’s oldest and largest basketball courts. Old World has been part of several graduating class gifts. This one, in particular, stands out; Butler won the Final Four that year to become the number one college basketball […]
This playful dragon and leprechaun nestled into their forest home with great reluctance. Somewhere are the photos of the stuck forklift, the winches and chains, the attempts to no need a helicopter to save the day. Oh, the diabolical plot. Oh, the misunderstanding. Listen buddy, if you think you can discuss the details of a […]
Hilarious. This was one of my first stone carvings done with my employer/mentor Tony Solazzo… Ameriflora, 1992… Christopher Columbus bowling with the world. Proof that I am not infallible.
The base for this piece is half the former base of the bust of Abraham Lincoln from the Ohio Statehouse. Treating such a formal piece of state-sponsored marble so cavalierly… priceless. Every year the tree’s growth makes me slide the head a bit further from the edge. Slowly, even the most radically far from center […]
This commission for a children’s fountain for a local outdoor mall involved several caricatures. Here the impatient frog prince stomps his foot as the slow snail gets ‘er dun. A prince rides a checkered snail. Haven’t we all? The mall set me free to do as I found fit, with a budget. It was all […]
This mouse guarding the downspout didn’t last very long. There’s a good reason downspouts have big open outlets. Despite how cool it was that the indoor cat tried to herald the mouse out. Mousey, mousey? Great idea, but not practical at all. This kind of creativity is no longer encouraged. Stuff has to last, no […]
This plaque was my first commission in stone, 1989. It was installed over the door of a home in New Albany, Ohio. I feel like I started well, but baby, I’ve come a long way!
This was my first piece carved for Lang Stone after I left Solazzo. I stand by the interpretation of the original fresco, but I am able to laugh at my early crest attempt along with you…
This hilarious carving is now embedded into a patio in the historic German Village are of Columbus, Ohio. This is one of my first carvings and was featured in a story in the Columbus Dispatch about a new carver in town. I was mid twenties on this piece. Front page? Why not?
This very cool coffee table was commissioned to go over a stylized fish-motif area rug. I wish I had a photo of it in place. Alas! We trimmed each leg in copper upholstery nails, and gave each leg a light buffing with scrub pads for a soft look. Furniture is always a pleasure to make.
One of my earliest table designs. What can I say?
This piece was made for my daughter, who was excelling in ballet at the time. It’s still hers. These dancers are silhouettes lifted from Degas pastels. I cut them from bronze sheet. The etching in the background is a rendition of a Leonardo original painting.
I’m embarrassed to admit I can’t remember the name of the medieval painter I took this segment from. I stretched it and etched it into a patinated bronze wall sculpture. This detail shows the classic cross-hatching technique. This piece is still with me… the gloss has decreased, but the image is still readable. I’ve always […]
Always the tension mounts…. forever, and slowly.