A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet is interested in words and musicians by sounds. Henry Moore.
The theme for this years Carving Festival was All creatures great and small, real and imagined. Who better to quote than Winnie The Pooh – that well known bear who offers such great wisdom! I carved the following quote on a 12″ x 24″ piece of Newfoundland Slate. The letters were all handwritten and with […]More
To honour the memory of Joe, and those like him who died in WWI, Langney Primary School held an Art History week in May. Students created stunning paintings and drawings of Joe, trench art from unwanted items and clay carvings reminiscent of WWI soldiers carvings found in the walls of trenches. 118 stones were also painted and hidden in the community with a request to return the stones - an activity designed to give the children an understanding of what it might feel like to wait for a loved one who had gone to war and not knowing if they would ever return. The art week culminated in an art exhibition and fund raiser. Congratulations and thanks to the students of Langney Primary School for commemorating Joe in this way.
The Ottawa Stone Carving Festival was an excellent experience. 31 carvers took part and created some beautiful pieces as a result of their hard work. Land Of My Dreams – Arizona Slate $9000 was raised for a local charity. It being the year of Canada’s 150th birthday I was inspired by some lyrics from a […]More
I completed ‘Side by Side‘ some time ago now. The stone is soapstone so it was a very soft stone to carve, almost like cutting through oil. Another sculptor had been working on this piece of stone to create an abstract sculpture when it broke unexpectedly. Their misfortune was my gain as they no longer […]More
Maria was my mother-in-law, who sadly passed away in 2013 after a brave battle with a rare form of cancer. She was a wonderful lady who loved to have family gatherings of which food was always a good part of the festivities. She was an excellent cook so it was never a hardship for those […]More
Per Ardua ad Astra is latin for “Through adversity to the Stars” and is the motto for the Royal Air Force. My Dad was a proud member of the air force for 22 years before emigrating to Canada. Visiting air fields was very much a part of mine and my brother’s childhood so when it […]More
The phrase ‘If I could catapult my heart to where you are‘ is from a beautiful song by Jack Savoretti. I had been searching for the right words to fit this tombstone-esque slate and happened to be pondering the question when this song came up on my iPod. The gouge down the centre already existed […]More