Dave was born and raised in the Pacific NW where the natural beauty has a major influence on his style
and form. Attending Portland State University Dave studied with James Lee Hanson who introduced him
to the bronze foundry. Working with clay, making molds and then pouring bronze led to a new
understanding of achieving form. While researching the master sculptors Don Wilson became an instructor at PSU and introduced Dave to stone carving. Dave has been carving mantel to monumental sculpture ever since. Some stones measure nine feet high and weigh 3,500 pounds.
The “Vertebra” series relates to the bone and it’s marvelous structural arrangement representing an interlocking system of strength and beauty. Dinosaur and whale bones are the major influence for this series. Combining bone and the concept that these stones were once molten quartz brings new meaning to this ancient earth.
Researching the Egyptian and Inca cultures and tapping into their rich source of information has fueled my imagination to carve the hard stones. I have traveled to Carnac France, Stonehenge England, Machu Picchu Peru and visited the monasteries in Lhasa Tibet to explore and research many of the standing stones left by my predecessors.