To seek, to find, to gather…from stone fences, gravel pits, beaches, road cuts, and quarries, is the essential beginning of all of my creations.
Eastern Ontario, home for more than forty years, is a hugely rich resource for much of the material I’ve collected for my work and provides a wide array of rock types and subsequently a vast array of colours. Initially I’m drawn to the beauty of the material itself, well aware that I’m working with something formed millions if not billions of years ago that no man could have ever played a part in creating, the very substance of this planet we stand on.
At the studio, armed with little more than a grinder, a diamond blade, and selfish curiosity, a stone is chosen and that stone’s story begins to unfold. Looking to use the colours and patterns of the rock to play into the piece and find the best outcome for each stone, likens the process to a conversation or a dance. That interplay is elemental in deciding the final outcome.