between 65 to 75 years of age
White and European Americans
Vietnam War: August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975
I am a US Navy veteran (DD-214 attached), and come from a long line of family members who served. My grandfather, on my mother's side, was a Navy "mustang" officer who was serving in Shanghai when Mao ordered all foreigners to leave China. My father served 21 years in the Navy. My oldest brother is a Navy vet. I served five years active and four years in the reserves. I was a line officer, and was deployed to Vietnam in '72-'73.
I have produced some kind of artwork since I was a boy. Although I did not take any Art classes in high school, I continued to draw and paint on my own.
Before my Naval service I had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from the University of South Carolina in 1970. After my military service I decided to deepen and enhance my art knowledge and skills through a masters degree program. I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree (sculpture track) at the University of Georgia in 1976.
My Art teaching career spanned over four decades. I taught many different high school Visual Arts courses for 42 years, consecutively. In addition, I taught both high school and middle school gifted and talented Art students in three week Summer programs for 20 years, and have presented many Art workshops for children and adults.
I am skilled in all artforms, but my forte and passion is sculpture. I also hand craft pendants in the same materials I sculpt with. I refer to them as "wearable sculptures". Please view my sculpture and pendants at www.sculptguy. com
My artistic focus is expressing contrast and movement through dynamic three-dimensional form, primarily in the non-objective style. The materials I use, almost entirely, are classic stone and wood. Many of my pieces have wood and stone harmonizing and contrasting in the same piece. Most are made of two kinds of wood. I both carve and assemble my sculpture and pendants. My forms are very sensual and tactile, and I don't mind people respectfully and carefully touching them. (In fact, I was invited to host a small solo exhibit of my sculpture at the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. The mostly totally blind clients were encouraged to caress my pieces in order to "see" them. Watching them do so was a very moving experience for me).
Since retiring from teaching in January of 2019 I have gotten back into my studio full time. I am actively seeking venues and outlets for both exhibiting and selling my work. Being a professional artist and a military veteran, I cannot ignore taking advantage of the AVAFest show opportunity.
I trust that the sculptures I'm submitting impress the juror(s) enough to gain their invitation to exhibit at AVAFest '21.