Arbutus. 1982. 5 3/4″ high figure. Private Collection.
One evening at dusk, house-sitting and sculpting on Galiano Island, I ‘saw’ this form in the post of a woodshed. Up close it was just a small protruding branch but from farther back it was a human head and torso. A bare bulb over the back porch cast pale light from 30 feet, so I started carving immediately using a round of firewood for a stool. At 3:00 a.m. I had finished carving and sanding. I applied some liquid finish, went to bed, and in the morning I took these photographs.
Sometimes, magical things happen when we are open to them – – Spirit Man! I cannot explain it.
Photos by Lee Gass
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