Jim Lawrence – Wood Sculptor
“Two weeks ago I was in southern France (Aix-en-Provence) in the middle of a 6 week vacation. We did hikes in the countryside and visited sites where Cezanne, Van Gogh and Picasso hung out. All very inspiring! I even brought a piece of wood and a few knives and chisels with me, planning to do some wood carving on our nice sunny terrasse. But all that came to a grinding halt by mid-March. I’ve now been back home for 10 days in quarantine. Although I miss being outside for walks, bike rides, doing errands, etc., it hasn’t been all bad. The isolation has given me lots of time to clean out the accumulated junk from my studio and the basement storage. This was something we had been meaning to do for years. It is so satisfying to actually get it done! And lots of time to prepare for my next sculpture projects and to finish ones in progress. This covid-19 thing will eventually be over, spring is on its way with warmer, sunny weather and my strict quarantine is almost finished! Makes me want to sing and dance.
The photo is of my latest piece which I am working on this week. I refer to it as Mother Nature’s latest spring fashion statement: “the decayed look” denims. Carved from an inverted hollow spalted maple stump with lots of decay and worm holes.”
You can see more of Jim’s work on his website at http://www.jimlawrencesculptor.com