Actually, I find the physical and creative challenges of a natural media like stone to be both exciting and fulfilling.
I am self-taught and have been carving for about 8 years. When I begin a new piece, I normally do not have a preconceived idea for a finished sculpture; instead my approach to working in stone is more intuitive than planned. Only after I start carving, will I begin to discover the stone’s secrets, develop an idea and decide how to proceed.
The colors and veining of the stone, as revealed during the carving process, the shapes suggested by the stone’s natural contours, and the way each particular stone breaks when chiseled, all contribute to the final form.
Each new stone has something to teach me and with the stone as my guide, the sculpture emerges.