Nature is raw.  Art is practiced.

Each stone has its own language and I work to understand that language.  Some of the learning comes from striving to listen to what each stone is saying.  Each has a color, a shape, and a hidden beauty.  While valuing that uniqueness, I strive to let my imagination fly free, in order to build upon nature’s creation: blending raw nature with understanding the language of this stone.  And, so begins the conversation between stone and sculptor.

When a stone selects me, I cannot know what striations, hues, density, faults, lie under the surface.  As I begin chiseling and grinding, the stone talks to me, saying, “I have this special colored line running through me: preserve it."  Or, “slightly shift the angle of this or that curve.”  Or, “work with me: together we can bring forth that special surprise, that new beauty never before seen.”  The conversation continues until nature’s stone and my imagination marry and together say, “stop – our work is done.”

For me that conversation must lead to a sculpture that has movement, movement, movement.  That movement is stone brought to life in a way never before seen.

© 2019 Brian Mark