I remember years ago stumbling upon Rodin’s "Burghers of Calais. I walked around it for a long, long time. I was mesmerized and blown away by the power of it. I also thought, how fun it would be to make something like that. So, i started studying. First, was water-based clay at adult education locations, then oil-based clay on my own, then a little mold making and some casting. During these years I also found stone. I started with limestone, then marble and even granite. Stone sculpture - the perfect mix of courageous action, physical exertion, intense observation and focused contemplation. Can you think of a better way to spend a day – I think not! As i learned from the great John Fisher (Giovanni Pescatore) , sometimes its better not to have a plan. Just take off30% of the stone in a relax but aesthetic way and with careful observation, your path will become clear. I know it sounds cliche, but its true and it works. Many of my stone sculptures start without any plan at all.
I have come to love everything about the sculptural process. Its fulfilling and fun. If I make something that others enjoy and gives them some pleasure, then all the better!
Thanks to Thomas Berger, a great granite sculptor in Kittery, Maine (https://www.thomasbergersculpture.com/ ) for all your help and a lot of good times!