Soapstone Carving

Moving from 2-d into sculpture…
The offering - Eros - 2006, Soapstone (photo composite from three angles)
‘Psychopomp’, soapstone, 2012 psy·cho·pomp /ˈsīkōˌpämp/ noun 1. (in Greek mythology) a guide of souls to the place of the dead.

While I exclusively painted and drew for many years, starting at the Ontario College of Art in 1984, sculpting became a natural extension of my creative practice much later on. On a camping trip in the summer of 2006, I was hacking away with a dull knife, carving a fish out of firewood. Such splintery fingered pleasure, It was mentally engaging and it came to me quite readily.  Upon returning from the summer trip I secured a few soapstones and carving tools and I went about carving (not unlike Dick Van Dyck in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!). After a few carvings in soapstone and it being the dusty affair that it is, I turned to sculpting with wax-based clay. The additive and subtractive allowance gave me full freedom to play and evolve forms.

Tackling the Bull - Tackling the Beast, 2006, chlorite soapstone.
'Tacking the Bull - Tackling the Beast' was shown at Gallery Jones exhibition titled 'Bullworks' in 2006.