IN THE STUDIO
The Pursuit of Excellence
A sneak peek inside my world of sculpting. I have listed a few projects and will continue to post new work as it comes. Please take a moment to see the creations in their early steps. It's fascinating work and I hope you enjoy seeing how it all comes to be.
A Sea Serpent hand-fabricated and forged in bronze will sit on top of vintage Cape Ann granite blocks. These blocks will be used as the base for this giant sea creature. Custom glass will fill the seams between each block, forming a glass mortar effect. This glass feature will be lit from within, creating a gentle light between the granite stones. Approximate size for this piece is 9’ tall with a 7’ base.
We are almost finished with the base and the Serpent will be next! Feel free to watch the progress of this piece come together as we share new photos and videos frequently.
We’re very honored and grateful to have created the Gloucester Sea Serpent for the Cape Ann Museum. www.capeannmuseum.org
DRAGON AT THE CONVENTION CENTER
A symbol of deliberate strength, this dragon sculpture will keep watch over the BCEC Garden in South Boston. Greeting the guests of the garden with a proud confidence. For generations “Dragon on D” will inspire our youth and provide a place for reflection for those who’ve seen the years go by. Such a fun discovery to find while out for the day. He will command pause if just for a moment.
This sculpture is being created in forged bronze and detailed with varying textures. Total approximate height is 18’ with a base of 5’ x 5’. Very excited to be creating this wonderful beast for the MCAA.
We will be posting photos and videos along the way, so feel free to come back and watch the progress.
2018 - The Fire Breather...The fascination with dragons continues. I’m drawn to their free spirit, aggressive mischief and prehistoric looks. When I was ready to create this beast, there were three goals in mind: to capture a moment of proud strength, to show agility and balance, and to give him the dragon's breath he deserves. With his wings spread, this dragon breathes fire. A propane-fueled blaze shoots from his mouth with the touch of a wireless button. Piece made of bronze, copper and steel. Standing 14’ tall and 9’ wide he makes a huge statement. This dragon resides as a driveway entry piece on a private estate. Motion sensor activated, he greets the visitors as they enter the property. My imagination ran wild with this one and It never gets old.
2014 - Greyhound in stainless steel commissioned by a Tennessean man and donated to the Tunica Humane Society in Mississippi. The Greyhound is hammered and formed into shape. Play pose and full of beans this greyhound captures life. Done in an abstract way, the muscles are still tight and he appears to be ready to jump. This is the third greyhound that will be completed. I think they all have a way about them. Great dogs!
2015 - The Gator titled Ubiquity is the mascot for the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The concept conveys the Florida Gator and its presence in the world. The globe and gator are made entirely out of bronze. Each piece was handcut, forged and welded one by one. It sits on the custom concrete base on the campus' new addition. This was a unique and great project to work on and I believe we are all happy with the results. Click on link below to see how the gator came to be from an article written by the University of Florida.
2016 - This piece was born from the positive energy that flowed through Robin Silverman. A creative community person who lived in Ipswich, Massachusetts and inspired many. After her passing, her husband was compelled to give something to the community. It was something he just wanted to do. Hopefully to inspire future generations to feel good and continue to share their gifts with each other. Robin was a giver. Rick is “paying it forward”. We thought that High Spirits would be a fitting title for something holding court from the top of that hill. Something that feels uplifting and connected somehow.
The 14' tree is made in shards of bronze metal to create the bark texture. The birds in contrast, are in abstract form. This piece stands 14' high and about 12' wide. I'm sure as the bronze ages and becomes that blue/green patina color, this piece will feel as if it had been there all along. Nice to have work in Ipswich, near our studio. Having sent pieces all over, this is one I can visit. Maybe I'll see you there!
AFRICAN FISH EAGLE
2013 - This bronze Dragon lives in a small courtyard on Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Commissioned by a true dragon lover, this piece greets her guests as they come to visit. A small excavator was needed to install this piece, first came the granite base, then came the dragon perched on top.
2014 - Eagle commissioned for a home in New England. The eagle is made of bronze shards all forged and hammered using black smithing techniques. These eagles are familiar birds of prey on the waterways of sub-Saharan Africa. This eagle has a wing span of 8' and is perched on a 10' bronze tree looking for its next prey. I'm looking forward to finishing my second eagle, I hope you enjoy seeing the process.