The Sculptor's Muse... and other sundry thoughts

December 3, 2019

The Season of Christmas is the one Holiday that has the greatest connection with sculpture - from Nativity scenes to embellishing your own sculptures with a Christmas flair.  We hope you enjoy glimpsing some of the ways we decorate our sculptures at this time of year a...

November 12, 2019

 A person's art collection reflects so much of them, and that is important as many collections are passed down through the family - each generation expanding the collection, adding their own personal stamp.  Many art collections of wealthy families have been the beginn...

October 28, 2019

 What goes hand in hand with being a figurative sculptor?  A passion for research and history!  Before I begin any sculpture or commission, I find myself researching...something.  At times I start by pulling books from my personal library - a collection of art and art...

September 23, 2019

Tools of the trade are vital - my tools are precise, some have been personally designed by me and then crafted by a woodworker, Andy Metts. However, in addition to my tools, my Sculptor’s Smock is important for my work.

Sculptors have used smocks throughout history. Ber...

August 27, 2019

Back in the Medieval Ages, the art of sculpting was achieved through the master/apprentice style of training.  This was more of a one on one type of approach, and though a Master could have a studio full of apprentices working under him, they each were able to study wi...

July 30, 2019

One of the main areas of a sculptor's work is that of Portraiture, which happens to also be one of my favorites.  I have been asked if the technology of 3D printing will affect the commissions for portraits, and I have not experienced that it has.  I also don't think t...

May 11, 2018

The Four Seasons have a history as great series for artwork.  Most often seen as sculptures in a garden setting, figurative allegories of the Seasons have been created in a variety of ways; some are all female, some are represented as two male and two female, and vario...

July 18, 2017

A patina is the color that is put on a finished bronze sculpture.  Most people think it is a paint brushed on the surface of the bronze, however, a patina is created with heat or cold and various chemicals.  After the patina is applied then the sculpture is sealed to s...

July 6, 2017

 One often thinks of sculpture as statues standing outside on a plinth, however, sculpture historically functioned hand in hand with architecture.  Researching the beautiful fountains and palaces of Europe, decorative sculpture is strewn all over facades, window caseme...

June 21, 2017

One of the most vital elements for a sculptor - is live models.  My children, myself and husband have often been utilized in my sculptures, and most commissions require research into posthumous portraits. However, being able to sculpt from live models is a gift to a sc...

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