I have always been one of those people who walks on a beach and can't resist picking up the odd and unusual stones. I begin working in Stone in 2003, and initially it was just incorporating stone into my other sculptures. I find that the stone can provide the unexpected element that set a piece off as something special.
I started using steatite, a type of soapstone, to carve and shape the stone into my desired subjects. I let the stone determine the subject and guide the shape. As the stone changes color and texture, I will allow it to move the finished result. I will only start when I can see the finished piece in my head but will allow the stone to adjust the result. My stone sculptures are one of my most sought-after items and the only available steatite sculptures available are shown here. The biggest challenge with sculpting stone, is managing the dust involved in the final shaping process. I am limited to making these sculptures to times when I can work outside. As I improve my workshop ventilation and dust handling capabilities, I will then be able to take on more of these amazing sculptures.Click on the images to make them bigger
Penguin on an Iceberg
When I first picked up the light green Italian Steatite stone immediately reminded me of a green sea ice.
Putting the three birds huddled together on the shrinking ice block, the roughness of the "ice" below them,
mounted on the black "water" base makes it all come together.
Size: 10" x 14" x 6"
Sculpted to appear as if it has emerged from the deep green Brazilian Steatite stone.
Silently sitting and waiting for the fish to come to its hunting waters.
I see King Fishers on in the trees and on the rock cliffs on the island near my Home.
Size: 6" x 8" x 10"