I would like to point out that l do not intentionally carve or cut down living trees. Dead and fallen trees have become my canvases as well as standing trees whose lives are limited because of insect invasion, rot, lightening strikes, improper placement or have become a personal and or public hazard. I have the utmost respect for Mother Nature's Sentinels and only wish to extend their lives and preserve them for longevity- Each tree and every piece of wood I sculpt to completion is as individual and unique as you and I.
My first sculpture, the hooded character, was carved from a log I found on my property. After much research l discovered it to be Western Larch.
These trees are native to the west coast and I am dumb as to how it ended up on my acreage. I thus named him the ''Rimbey Traveler", and donated it to the town of Rimbey for it's 100th birthday in 2002. It is on display in the town's Pask-ka|-poo Park. I am currently working on sculpting sixteen trees in the same park that we're in jeopardy of being totally removed for public safety concerns.
I find that l have a direct connection to each character l bring forth in that they are an extension of my own personality. I have created hundreds of pieces to date, both standing and transportable. I have created art works in wood, clay, plaster and cement. l hope my work appeals to a wide variety of enthusiasts and believe art should hold something fresh for viewers every time they see it.
Art, in all it's diversity, is the creative outlet in which I can present myself to the world.
aka Mr. Cab
Art came into my life purely by accident. l broke my foot on the oil rigs in 1985, and while immobile I started painting. I tried brush painting first and then purchased an airbrush which quickly became my medium of choice. I was hooked, and everything became a canvas. I airbrush free hand and began turning out paintings on canvas, leather and jean jackets, hard hats and helmets, wall murals and seasonal plywood cutouts. My evident recovery put me back in the ''patch'' but my love for art remains my passion. Art is my stress relief and a diversion from my present oilpatch career. Art has been a life long journey of enlightenment and discovery of myself and my abilities as an artist. I continue to strive for personal perfection in every piece I create and one day aspire to be a full time professional working artist.
My family bought me a chainsaw, twelve years ago, for the purpose of bucking firewood to heat our acreage home in Rimbey, Alberta. I was born and raised in Southern Alberta where the trees are few and thus had never operated a chainsaw before. With the tool and task in hand, I wandered off into the woods, returning hours later with a nine and a half foot sculpture of a hooded character. My wife, in awe and bewildered, promptly ordered and purchased firewood for the season and for every season since', bucked, split and delivered. l have beenchainsaw sculpting since then and have a great love and respect for this medium.
I found that sculpting was a natural progression from two-dimensional art. It is a manipulation of light and dark and l am able to pick out what needs to be removed in order for an entity to emerge. Sculpting itself is similar to painting in that l create something from nothing. In doing a painting, I add to the piece, while chainsaw sculpting, I remove from the piece.