View Full Version : Hello, I have a question.
09-30-2003, 11:38 AM
This is my first time using the forum. It is exciting to see like minded individuals persuing artistic endevors.
I make my living as a professsional wood sculptor. I am trained in the business of art, and human and anmial statuary of all sizes. I am completing a 6 year apprenticeship in January. My teacher is a sculptor with 30 years experience, Matthew Welter and his business Timeless Sculptures in Carson City Nv.
I will be moving to Southern California in January 2004 and would like to make contacts with sculptors who may need specialized help on projects. If you have any sugestions they would be most appreciated.
In summer 2004 I will be traveling around the US on a "WalkAbout" to gain more experiences in the area of sculpture. I hope to meet new sculptors and interact with them as I cross the country from So. California to Ohio in the fall. Are there any studios I should definately check out?
I look forward to hearing you ideas.
PS See attached for example of my work.
10-01-2003, 02:32 AM
Welcome Adam :)
10-02-2003, 02:10 PM
Thought it would be nice to show some of my work. This is a work in progress.
10-02-2003, 05:59 PM
Does anyone ever look at your work and ask "what does it mean?".
I get it all the damn time.
PS Your work looks amazing.
10-02-2003, 07:39 PM
The majority of the work I have done during the last 6 years has been focused on realism. I had no skills in sculpture before studing at Timeless Sculptures apprentice program. Most of the clients in our market are interested in realism and so that is what we do. This has been good for me. I have been able to develop a fondation that focusses on having correct proportion, scale, anatomy. My goal thus far has "not" been to create art for arts sake, but to develop my skills.
As to your question, most people like the pretty picture that I create. They dont seem to have much interest commissioning works with significant meaning.
By the way- I enjoyed viewing your website. I find your work very amazing but I can't understand why people say "what dose it mean". Is your work suposed to be interpreted that way?
Also I asked you a question at welcome center under: "new artist needs exposure".
10-03-2003, 10:04 AM
If you should swing up through Oregon on your way to Ohio, check out the work of - and meet if you can - Leroy Setziol. He is very much a senior citizen now, but works every day, on amazing wood carvings, in a house and studio he built himself, near Portland. He may occupy the opposite end of the spectrum (if there were any such thing, "realism" being on one end of it and "abstraction" on the other). He has done many architectural pieces; doors; walls; reception counters; etc. His work is quite unique and instantly recognizable, and it's all over the place in the Northwest. Also I would recommend a visit to Timberline Lodge. This is an incredible building, up on Mt. Hood, just east of Portland. It is a hotel and ski lodge in the European tradition, but was built during the Depression era, by artisans and artists from this region, who were employed by the WPA. This colony of craftspeople lived on the mountain for many months, and built the lodge almost entirely out of materials from the mountain. There are mammoth stone fireplaces and lots of wood carvings; plus many hand-forged iron and steel elements; plus paintings and murals; even the rugs and tapestries were made right there. It is a rare (in this country) example of what people do when they have the opportunity to do their work without any "sales" incentive in front of them. You should keep a journal on this journey of yours, and/or share your progress on this site.
10-03-2003, 11:54 AM
Thank you for the info. I will have to check out Leroy Setziol on his website. This is a coincidence that you bring up Timberline lodge. I was at a friends house 2 nights prior and noticed a poster on her wall. It happened to be Timberline. I commented on it but thought nothing of it. Now I am curious.
I think a digital journal is a good idea. The only problem with ideas is that they lead to work:)
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