This summer I had the good fortune to be able to go on an incredible wilderness camping trip up into Desolation Sound where we saw an amazing array of west coast wildlife. There was a very special encounter with a group of three Coastal Wolves that came through our camp and serenaded us all evening with their howls and yaps on a rocky bluff on West Redonda Island. It was a spectacular sight and I felt very inspired. I also learned of the relationship between coastal wolves and ravens and how the raven will alert the wolves to the presence of prey and they in turn benefit from the fruits of the wolves’ efforts. It didn’t take long, sitting around the camp to decide that wolves and ravens would be my next sculptural subject. I am now working on a howling wolf sculpture and a series of ravens in various expressive poses.
Coincidentally, I also received a commission to do a howling wolf sculpture the next day, and in another strange sequence of events, we met the former Director of Wolf Research and the Re-introduction Program for Washington State while sharing our wolf stories at the Refuge Cove Marina.
Other projects underway include commissioned works for two Golden Retrievers, a smaller Black Tipped Reef Shark sculpture and a pair of African Elephants (1/8th scale). A new octopus table design and an octopus fountain are also starting to take shape.
This fall I will be entering two new sculptures into the Sidney Fine Art Show and participating in the Saanich Peninsula Studio Tour, both in late October.