I am uncomfortable, with the expression "Classically Trained Sculptor".
rock solid foundations
The reason why stone must be a foundation in sculpture is due to its natural resistance. Stone demands a mastery that goes beyond academic studies of sculptural composition and technique. In direct carving, one must bravely make each cut, advancing with confidence. For the clay modeler, decisions are infinite, and there is no real advancement in technique until chisel is united with stone.
Classical Techniques Of Stone Carving
I am an artist skilled in classical techniques of stone carving, encompassing both the use of measurement devices and the art of direct carving. My journey began over 50 years ago, and while I pursued formal education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, I quickly surpassed what their sculpture department had to offer. Since then, I have forged my own path as a classical sculptor, embracing timeless principles and techniques.
During the early years of my arts career, I had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Avard Fairbanks, who was not only a highly accomplished artist but also one of the last artists to attend the prestigious École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1913. From 1970 to 1980, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Fairbanks on several significant projects that spanned both time and distance.
My art education has been an independent and self-directed approach to learning. As I progressed in my career, I continue to explore and develop understanding in materials and techniques.
a true classical approach to sculpture remains elusive
Few artists can truly boast of classical training until recently, with the rise of the modern Classical Atelier movement over the past 20 years. When I was starting out, there were no such offerings for young people seeking a classical education in art. Even today, a true classical approach to sculpture remains elusive. A classically trained sculptor would work with marble and granite, employing techniques of measurement devices and direct carving. Like Michelangelo, they would carve the stone solely by observation. This is the practice I have dedicated my lifetime to.