You, Ms. Steph…

Ms. StephYou have a beautiful face Ms. Steph.  I really like that you color your hair a similar color as your eyes!

If I were to create your portrait in clay, I would definitely emphasize your peek-a-boo haircut, and I would work hard with the final finish color to capture the rich tone of that hair and  your striking, almost auburn eyes.  The shape of your lips is a lovely feature that I would play up also.

Personality?  Well yes, a lot of it, thank you very much! Tough girl, brave girl, animal lover, musician, good cook, survivor, smart, capable, energetic, dedicated, spirited, a little bit of trouble, a whole lot of nice.  There would be a wealth of internal information to work with in creating a portrait of you!

It sure is fun to know you, Steph. Thanks for letting me share your face.


“The Statues”

The Statues by William Butler Yeats
dream statue

Pythagoras planned it. Why did the people stare?
His numbers, though they moved or seemed to move
In marble or in bronze, lacked character.
But boys and girls, pale from the imagined love
Of solitary beds, knew what they were,
That passion could bring character enough,
And pressed at midnight in some public place
Live lips upon a plummet-measured face. ~

The statue at left is a lovely lady that I have sculpted, soon to be cast as a candle. What fun to have a nude candle!

I am currently preparing the piece to be molded. CHECK BACK SOON for the finished product.

Fragile Flossie

I live near a beautiful cemetery that is edged on three sides by untamed woods.  I decided since it was so lovely this afternoon I would take a walk and search the edges for wild berries.  Along the way I found this striking portrait of Flossie on an oval,  gravestone cameo.  Cemetery Portrait

Dear Flossie, her delicate face, made all the more touching by the damage to her porcelain cameo.  What lovely memorials are these gravestone images.

Though Flossie has been buried now for almost 100 years, there is something about her spirit that continues to shine in this portrait.

As far back as 100 B.C. the Roman Egyptian culture at Fayum was painting grave portraits of distinctive individual persons.  These are not just generic faces, but  portraits  like Flossie’s,  which give us a glimpse into the life of one man, one woman, one child. 348px-Portrait_du_Fayoum_02

In this portrait of a young woman we see unique characterisitcs: the rather large ears, and  a love for jewelry displayed.  We can imagine that in death she has been painted wearing her very favorite earrings.

A portrait bust without a  spark of life is not complete.  This spark is the very essence of what I seek to find, to create,  as a portrait sculptor  working with  their clay material. I will be happy to work with you to create a very special and spirited custom bust.

Portrait statue of Robert Wadlow

Wadlow front viewI visited Alton Illinois yesterday, just down the road from me, to photograph the Robert Wadlow statue.

Perhaps you have heard of this man who is on record as being the tallest man that ever lived.  Weighing in at 490 pounds, and at 8’11” tall it is a wonder to stand next to him! Below is a picture of Robert with his father.

350px-Robert_WadlowAesthetically speaking,  I would like to have seen the statue’s head & neck  sculpted a little broader and the glasses included.  (Please see comments about the glasses below.)  I enjoyed  how the artist has captured the ackward stance of such a large figure.

Next to the Wadlow statue is a bronze replica of an extra large chair made especially for him. It was 95 degrees out so I sat in this chair for only a couple of seconds!wadlow chair 2

The Foliated Cross



A long time personal favorite symbol, the Foliated Cross is very ancient.  Sometimes called a “floriated cross” this crucifix form, with arms ending in leaves or encircled with living vines is a natural expression of the unstoppable force of life.

Cultures as far cast as the Mesoamerican Mayans in 690 A.D., Mayan Tablet at Palenqueand the Medieval carvers and manuscript artists of the Early Middle Ages (1,000 A.D.) incorporated this symbol into their art forms.Berkeley cross carving at Glouchester

"foliating" Greek Ionic capitalSimilarily, even the ancient Greeks as early as the 6th century  B.C. breathed Life into inanimate stone, by adding budding volutes to the ends of their Ionic Columns.

The unique Foliated Cross Candle pictured at top, is cast in a mixture of beeswax and soy,  and is available immediately for purchase  by clicking HERE.

You can order a custom-made candle in any form that YOU can imagine by contacting me at:, or by calling me at:  (618) 664-0068.

“The Portrait” by Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz in his garden

A difficult but touching portrait of familial tragedy in a poem by American poet lauriet, Stanley Kunitz:


My mother never forgave my father
for killing himself,
especially at such an awkward time
and in a public park,
that spring
when I was waiting to be born.
She locked his name
in her deepest cabinet
and would not let him out,
though I could hear him thumping.
When I came down from the attic
with the pastel portrait in my hand
of a long-lipped stranger
with a brave moustache
and deep brown level eyes,
she ripped it into shreds
without a single word
and slapped me hard.
In my sixty-fourth year
I can feel my cheek
still burning.

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