Recent Entries

This website changes frequently in several ways, and this page provides a quick way to find the new features.  

Newly completed sculptures become part of the on-line gallery and also appear with the other sculptures for sale.  We announce events in our Vancouver gallery on the Events page, and newspaper and other media events on the In The News page.  I also include works in progress in the on-line gallery in the form of text about the process and images to illustrate it.  I update works in progress several times a week.  I also work on essays and other documents almost every day, and when I post them I will announce it here.

January 9, 2010.  Posted a guest article by painter Cora Li-Leger in my Vancouver Observer column.

January 2, 2010.  My thirty-first column, Happy New Year!, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.

December 30, 2009.  Introduced a new gallery page for a sculpture in progress, Ode to the Joy of Beauty.

December 8, 2009.  My thirtieth column, Some of What I Love about Sculpting, appeared in the Vancouver Observer. 

November 28, 2009.  My twenty-ninth column, Whether to Laugh or Cry about Telus, a rant, appeared in the Vancouver Observer. 

November 15, 2009.  My twenty-eighth column, Creativity: The case of Gerald Gass, appeared in the Vancouver Observer. 

October 25, 2009.  My twenty-seventh column, Creativity: The case of Emmett Schanfarber, appeared in the Vancouver Observer. 

October 9, 2009.  My twenty-sixth column, What is creativity?, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

September 30, 2009.  The web version of an article, A Cybernetic View of Stone Sculpting, that I published in the international journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing 16 (1-2), 2009, the journal of the American Society for Cybernetics, is now on line and ready to view.  The site offers a selection of images of my sculptures, which were on the cover and throughout the printed version of the magazine, the article, and a link to this website.

September 23, 2009.  Posted images of Cast #3/30 of the bronze Listening to the Wind.  Introduced a new bronze cast of Eternal Flame.

July 24. 2009.  My twenty-fifth column, Diaper-changing behaviour of robins, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

July 23, 2009.  My twenty-fourth column, More thoughts on creativity, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.

July 13, 2009.
   My twenty-third column, The Deep Meaning of Creativity, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

July 1, 2009
.  My invited article, A Cybernetic View of Stone Sculpting, appeared in Cybernetics and Human Knowing 16 (1-2), 2009, the journal of the American Society for Cybernetics.  As well, the issue includes a colour image of Red Recursion on the cover and black-and-white images of other sculptures throughout.

June 24, 2009.  Posted new images of the bronze In Love and Soaring (two casts of which we sold at the Petley Jones Gallery).   

June 21, 2009.  My twenty-second column, Further Reflections on Interviewing, appeared in the Vancouver Observer. 

June 17, 2009.  A podcast of my CBC-1 radio interview with Sheryl MacKay in the Petley Jones Gallery where I am currently exhibiting, which was broadcast June 14, is now posted on this website.

June 13, 2009.   My twenty-first column, In Praise of Sheryl MacKay and the CBC, appeared in the Vancouver Observer, It is a reflection on my radio interview that will be broadcast on CBC-1 program North By Northwest, on June 14.

June 12, 2009.  Introduced a new basalt sculpture, Black Surfer, to the website.  Also, posted the first photographs of the bronze In Love and Soaring and rewrote the text.

May 30, 2009.  My twentieth column, Discover my separate forms, appeared in the Vancouver Observer, It is the fifth in a daily series of images and poems to support an exhibition of my sculpture at the Petley Jones Gallery.


May 29, 2009.  My nineteenth column, Discover the integrity of my form, appeared in the Vancouver Observer. It is the fourth in a daily series of images and poems to support an upcoming exhibition at the Petley Jones Gallery.

May 28, 2009.  My eighteenth column, Touching with your fingertips, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  It is the third in a daily series of images and poems to support an upcoming exhibition at the Petley Jones Gallery.

May 26, 2009.  My seventeenth column, Find yourself in my light, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  It is the second in a daily series of images and poems to support an upcoming exhibition at the Petley Jones Gallery.

May 25, 2009.  My sixteenth column, Touch me, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  It is the first in a daily series of images and poems to support an upcoming exhibition at the Petley Jones Gallery in Vancouver.  Also today, notice of my exhibition appeared on the Petley Jones Gallery website.

May 19, 2009.  My fifteenth column, Nature's Little Squeegees, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  It is about what happens to fingerprints when we sand too much without gloves.

May 12, 2009.  My fourteenth column, What a waste!, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  By definition, subtractive sculpture produces a lot of waste (because we must remove everything that doesn't look like what we're creating).  This article is about what I do with the waste that emanates from my studio.

April 25, 2009.  Uploaded 20 sculptures as slide show to StoneMad, the on-line forum of the Stone Foundation.  

April 22, 2009.  My thirteenth column, Here's looking at it, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

April 13, 2009.  My twelfth column, Help!, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

April 1, 2009.  My eleventh column, What is it going to be?, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

March 22, 2009.  My tenth column, What a relief!, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

March 16, 2009.  A comprehensive review of my work (sculpture, education, and science) by Tom Graff appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

March 4, 2009.  My ninth column, Methods of Creation: Looking Up, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

March 3, 2009.  Introduced a new granite sculpture, Looking Up, to the website.  

February 13, 2009.  Several additions to the website.  There are new menu items for the bronze editions of In Love and Soaring and Eternal Flame.  The Eternal Flame (bronze) page documents a variety of techniques that I use to aid in producing high quality forms.  The In Love and Soaring (bronze) page has by far the highest quality animation I have yet produced (Video 3), in which the sculpture rotates continuously in a field of laser light.

February 7, 2009.  My eighth column appeared in the Vancouver Observer; a guest column by Mark Winston and Gail Lotenberg: Abandoning Abandon: Dancing Science.

January 23, 2009.  My seventh column, Methods of Creation: The Case of John Steinbeck, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

January 20, 2009.  Posted two new animated movies of In Love and Soaring. In each, a laser scans across the same small region of the surface of the replica of the stone original that will serve as the pattern for bronze casting.  Comparing the two movies illustrates the evolution of the form over several days of work.

January 13, 2009.  My sixth column, Methods of Creation: The Case of Gerhard Herzberg, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  

January 11, 2009.  My fifth column, Methods of Creation: The Case of Michael Ondaatje, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  Posted a frame from a new animated movie of In Love and Soaring.  Compare frames of the two movies to understand how the form evolved.

January 8, 2009.  My fourth column, Heavy Rocks, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.

January 5, 2009.  Posted three frames from an animated movie of In Love and Soaring.  In the movie, a 5-line laser scans slowly upward through a critical gully, documenting the state of evolution of a form as of the morning of January 4.  The full animation will appear soon.

January 4, 2009.  My third column, Methods of Creation, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.

December 17, 2008.  Made all new photographs of Arabesque II.  My third column, Heavy Rocks, appeared in the Vancouver Observer.  Posted Heavy Rocks on my own blog page.

December 16, 2008.  Made all new photographs of In Love and Soaring, which sold a few days ago, and will post more new laser images of it in the next day or two.

December 13, 2008.  Made all new photographs of The Gift  (again), significantly revised the paragraph on transformations, and added a new paragraph in response to Tim's comment on my Vancouver Observer article Thoughts on the Creative Process.

December 12, 2008.    Photographed The Gift again, and again I am pleased with the results.   The image that comes up when the page is first displayed is the newest, and I think the most revealing so far of one of my favourite features of this sculpture.     

December 11, 2008.  Posted my first Vancouver Observer column in a new Blog page on this website.  Each time I post a new article to the Observer, I will post it here too, and will feel free to include other things as well.  Posted all new photographs of The Gift.  They are inordinately better than the old ones.

December 9, 2008.  Sold In Love and Soaring!  Decided to produce a bronze series of this form on a very different base.  Began working on the pattern for this series.

December 2, 2008.  Started a new blog column, Thoughts on the Creative Process, in the Vancouver Observer.  This first column tells the story of a series of sculptures I created over the last 25 years, beginning with Recursion in 1983.  My roughly weekly contributions will address the question "Where do ideas come from?" in various ways, considering all walks of life but emphasizing art.  From time to time I will ask others to contribute.  

December 1, 2008.  Bought a new camera, took new studio photographs of Red Recursion, and posted them.  I love the camera, which is a Nikon D700.

November 27, 2008.  Posted two new podcasts.  One is a 3-minute video clip from a Knowledge Network "Leading Edge" television program on hummingbirds, broadcast in 2006.  The clip features an interview about hummingbirds in my Quadra Island garden and also shows me carving on Torso in Motion.   The other is a video produced to commemorate  the prestigious Volvo Environment Prize that Buzz Holling won in November 2008 for his work on the resilience of ecological, social, and economic systems.  In addition to exploring Holling's ideas through interviews with him and several others, it also includes a short segment of Holling and me with my Trajectory of Resilience sculpture and another of me describing Holling's "thinking with his bellybutton".

November 22, 2008.  Posted a new essay to Heroes, Masters, and Wizards, that of a world-class master of a blue-collar art whom I identify only as Saw Filer Guy. 

November 20, 2008.  Posted new image to Heart of Anima page.  It is from an early stage of carving, after I had determined the basic form of the piece but before I had determined its orientation.  In this image, the stone was oriented "upside down" relative to the finished piece.  This image is also from before I had realized that this would become an Anima sculpture, before I had discovered the zeolite inclusion that became the "heart" of Anima, but after I had discovered a system of cracks that I later stabilized usng long metal pins.

November 19, 2008.  Posted detail image of the blue patinated cast #1 of Listening to the Wind.   

November 9, 2008.  Posted new laser image to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.

November 3, 2008.  Posted new laser image to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.  Posted image of Buzz Holling with Trajectory of Resilience in Wikipedia page on Holling.  

October 30, 2008.  Posted four new images to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.  Both sculptures are roughed out at the second stage.

October 27, 2008.  Introduced a new sculpture, Opening, and listed it for sale.  Nine views are illustrated.

October 26, 2008.  Introduced cast #2/30 of Listening to the Wind in bronze, this one in a lovely mottled golden patina.  Five views are illustrated.

October 24, 2008.  Posted new images to Torso in Motion sculpture page.

October 16, 2008.  Posted new images to Anima IV and Heart of Anima sculpture pages.

October 12, 2008.  Posted new images to Listening to the Wind stone and bronze sculpture pages.

October 10, 2008.  Posted a new image to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.  Today I finished roughing out the first Red Recursion sculpture at the second stage, i.e. rough grinding.  Next I will do the same with the other sculpture.

October 9, 2008.  Posted a new image to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.  I've been literally grinding up a storm lately, producing clouds of red dust that settle everywhere.  The new image is the beautiful abstract pattern of dust, sort of like a spore print of a mushroom, after I rested a used dust mask filter on a wet board.

October 3, 2008.  Posted a link to a Vancouver Observer article on the Lee Gass Gallery and on my work.  Linked to the podcast of a CBC Radio Quirks and Quarks broadcast on what hummingbirds feed their babies.

October 1, 2008.  Posted a new image of Lee's Vancouver Gallery.

September 25, 2008.  Posted a new podcast: my April 2003 Vancouver Institute lecture.  Posted 6 new essays to Scientist page on various aspects of my research career.  Began a new page of essays, Heroes, Masters, and Wizards, about people who have been especially influential in my development.  

September 23, 2008. Posted formal images of Red Recursion I, listed it for sale.  Added 6 new images to Red Recursion II.

September 21, 2008.  Added 4 new images to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.

September 17, 2008.  Added essay on Hummingbird Territoriality to Scientist page.

September 16, 2008.  Posted new images and text to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.  Began Scientist page.

September 14, 2008.  Posted new images to work-in-progress Red Recursion II.  Added image to In the News page.  Began this Recent Entries page.

September 12, 2008.  Posted two podcasts, both of which are available for on-line listening or for downloading.  Posted an exciting Flash animation of my sculpture Torso in Motion rotating in a field of laser light.

September 8, 2008.  Began In the News page by announcing publication of Mark Winston's newspaper article on my Eternal Flame sculpture.