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 history books that I have gathered over the years - half are out of print and are probably considered a 'valuable find' in antique stores. These books have written notations in them (I always use pencil) and sti
Have sketchbook, Will travel.... and travel we did, all the way to the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft Worth, TX. It is rare that I visit any musuem exhibit without sketch book in hand, I have sketches from every visit to the Met in New York City, the Cloisters, and the nearby Frist in Nashville - as well as from the Uffizi, Vatican and Louvre and many other museums. (In fact, my children now also bring their own sketchbooks to art museums.) Parks, fountains, and architecture ar
I highly recommend the Michelangelo exhibit at the Frist. Only two rooms, with about 26 drawings from his sketchbooks. So a small but well worth it exhibit! I loved seeing his handwriting on the pages and his working out different compositions of the same figure. I was so inspired I came home and sketched more (with my awesome children as models). I've had this sketchbook for several years as a gift from my father. It is handcrafted with a leather cover and hand made paper.