Gallery History and Exhibitions
My pieces were continuously shown at the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham, Washington for approximately twenty years, beginning in the early nineties.
“Sculpture ’98,” Seattle Convention Center, January 7-March 13, 1998.
American Institute of Architects Exhibition, Seattle, January 7-February 4, 1999.
"Venture: to Take a Risk," Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, March, 2013.
Exhibition by Invitation:
“In the Beginning . . . There Was Stone,” Northwest Stone Sculpture Association, Bellingham, November 3-Novermber 24, 2000.
I arrived in Bellingham in 1966, after receiving a Ph.D in Philosophy from Stanford. Until my retirement in 2004, I was a member of Western Washington University’s Philosophy Department, teaching courses in ethics and in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. This involvement in the philosophy of art went hand-in-hand with a deepening interest in the creation of art. And, while I’m not sure whether philosophizing about art has made me a better artist, my artistic activity has certainly contributed to my philosophical understanding of art and the creative process.
My interest in three dimensional forms traces back to the woodcarving I did during my childhood, and which persisted over several decades as a hobby. Then, about twenty-five years ago, I discovered stone. It immediately replaced wood as a focus of my interest; and stone sculpting soon came to play a role in my life far larger and more important than that of a hobby.
As is the case with most stone sculptors, I began with soapstone, and then moved to alabaster, limestone, marble, and pyrophyllite . From the outset, my pieces have been representational human or animal forms, with the degree of stylization varying according to the amount of patterning in the stone:. Regardless of subject matter, my goal is to create forms that are graceful and harmonious, that suggest energy or motion when appropriate, and that suit the stone-types of which they are made.
I work in stone because of its unique presence, and because finished stone is such a delight to both sight and touch.