Creative Fires Blog

Ember, spark and flame…

Sources of Artistic Inspiration

They say art is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. That may be true, but all the perspiration in the world may count for naught without some inspiration to guide the way. As we roll up our sleeves and put in the hours, that lone percentage from...

The Accidental Phoenix

Sometimes we find ourselves rising from the ashes when all we really meant to do was get a bit of a tan. So it was for my first phoenix carving and like so many other northern tales, it all begins with a Raven…   I was a couple of years out of sculpture school...

Oh you volcano

Sketching in Florence, in pencil and Rome It was early in the summer of 1978 and the last week of our Italian trip. We'd been in Florence for two weeks, Rome for two more, and were driving around Sicily. It had meant missing both the summer session at Naguib School of...

Reawakening the Muse

Though the creative fires have never smoldered in recent years, their primary fuel has consisted of timber, copper and code; albeit arranged with an eye to beauty and innovation. Timber and logs for building. Copper and brass, steel and glass for our solar and wood...

My recent public art commission in Denali State Park

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