It was ten years ago this month when I gave up my day job as a consulting biologist and decided to become a full time artist, creating all the creatures that I had grown to love. It was time to commit and move from a sculpting hobby to a serious undertaking that would consume most of my waking hours. We moved out into the country and built a beautiful studio in the forest behind our home. It was a family affair. Shortly after there was a very exciting call from the Royal BC Museum who wanted to commission me to create a life size Woolly Mammoth and a massive collection of other bronze animals celebrating BC’s rich and diverse natural history. I was excited and hooked, and I didn’t sleep for months. In the end the money never quite materialized and that fanciful dream slid by. However, with the new found confidence and enthusiasm I started creating more and more sculptures and building a wonderful network of clients and supporters. Soon it became very busy and my wife, Jutta, started helping out in the studio making the molds and preparing the wax replicas of the sculptures.
Looking back I realize how lucky I am and that in my mind I have the best possible job in a most amazing, peaceful and inspirational setting. Often times I will see or hear some beautiful animal nearby the studio - Owls, Deer, Raccoons, Eagles, Ravens, Osprey, Lizards, Frogs and even the occasional Cougar. Working with the animals and the people I love, and meeting all sorts of interesting clients from around the world we have produced over 170 unique sculptures in the past 10 years and they are in homes and business far and wide. I like the fact that what I create will endure.
There is hardly a week that goes by without some passionate inspiration that comes to mind, the start of my next project. Sometimes they steep for months or years, but eventually they will come to fruition. This past year has been one of the best and the coming year has the glow of even more creative undertakings. To coin a phrase from my good friend Bryan, a worldly adventurer, I plan to keep doing this until the wheels fall off.
Thank you for your interest. Stay tuned….