Background: In school, I loved science, but I also enjoyed practical, hands-on subjects like wood working and metal work. Although science (environmental chemistry) became my profession, I was never far from the arts.
While studying at Dalhousie University, I took evening courses in painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduation, I moved to Ottawa and continued to take evening courses in painting.
In recent years, I have returned to wood sculpture and have studied with sculptors John Sadler (Ottawa School of Art) and Keith Taylor (Indian Trail Carvings).
How long have you been a sculptor? About 6 years
Why did you start sculpting? I don’t really know why. As a young boy I loved to carve wood, usually small branches, with a small jackknife. But in my early 20s I became very interested in painting and followed that course for many years.
About 8 years ago I decided to give wood carving a try and I have been at it ever since. I like the 3 dimensional aspect of sculpture.
What inspires you? When I was a painter I was very much inspired by the work of Salvador Dali. Even as a sculptor, I still am.
I enjoy doing semi-abstract works that look unusual but might be real. Much of the subject matter relates to man and his complex relationship with nature and the universe. I also enjoy sculpting commonplace things such as gloves, hats, neckties, etc. to give them some importance. I am very interested in challenging the observer with my work.
Which sculptures will you be exhibiting at Dimensions? I’ll be exhibiting three pieces: a shepherd, a dancer and a semi-abstract called “In the beginning…”.
What will you be working on in the coming year? I want to continue to explore intricate relief carving and also work on large pieces, 6-10ft tall for either indoor or outside display.