I love the entire process of sculpting animals: research, sketching my plans, building an armature and getting lost in the creative process. I have a deep appreciation for animals, and I love imagining them alive and well... I hope you do too.
For over 26 years, I worked in National Parks across the U.S. Generally speaking, National Park Rangers experience a diverse spectrum of natural and cultural environments to include the lives of wildlife species found within the various regions of the U.S.
I grew up in Harahan, Louisiana and Western New York State. I lived as a federal Park Ranger in North Carolina, Florida, Alaska, Texas, Pennsylvania and lastly, Arizona. For me, these places in America are permanent fixtures in my memory: the diverse wildlife, natural environments, historical American landscapes and intriguing American storIes. I remember these places with fondness for all that they accomplish in satisfying and enriching the human experience.
I live and work at my art in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains Of South Carolina, an area referred to as “The Golden Corner.” Throughout the year I drive up the mountain road to Highlands, NC and work in a clay studio next to the Bascom Visual Arts Center. It’s about 15 degrees cooler there in the summer and the Dave Drake Ceramic Studio offers clay workshops and use of a wide array of studio technology.
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November 4, 2017