Loading, traveling & installing “Sisyphus Over St Helena” at the Jeffery Miller estate in Napa Valley
Getting Sisyphus from one end of the studio to the other the way Sisyphus himself would have done it.
At the age of 17 I made this sculpture. 46 years later I have a studio full of tools for sculpting and looking at this piece a couple of days ago, it dawned on me that back then the only tools I had were the farm’s stick welder & torch.
The painting depicts relative Fredrick Yost's Stockton home that he built for his bride Margaret Wolf. After Fredrick died, she couldn’t stand the idea of strangers ever living in the house so she had it torn down and gave the bricks to their son Henry Yost so he could build a home of his own at another location. I believe that house is still standing close to Victory Park.
Sandblasting the Stainless Steel Ball
This is one element of a sculpture titled “Sisyphus Over St. Helena” It is composed of 316 stainless steel panels cast at Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas. I’m in the process of welding it together. It’s fun to do, it requires precision fitting. I like a challenge.
I made this raku fired piece around 1975. It depicts a tractor "rolling" a field of sugar beets. I would probably still be on this tractor now (or a drug addict) except that when I was sixteen my Mom laid down the law and decided my first car would not be a pickup truck so she picked out a used '71 Camaro for my first car. I drove that car all over the country and parted ways with it in Oklahoma in 1985. I don't think my Mom realized that because of that car I would end up living my life half way across the country.
untitled 1974 10” x 23” x 8” steel
Inside Grandpa’s shop. Shot with a pin hole camera in the early 80s.
Almost ready for mold making. Going to a private residence in St. Helena California.
Pastoral Dreamer just installed yesterday at a private home in Aspen.
"Drifting" bronze 4/35 13" x 44 x 23
“Cowboy Bob goes to Town on the Wagon” 12” x 12 x 11. bronze, steel, oak, bone, 23k gold leaf. 2018. My sculpture for this year's OVAC 12 x 12 fundraiser. For more information go to: http://ovac-ok.org/programs/12x12/
"American Beauty" just installed at new Beach Home in Florida. bronze, four times life-size, 5 ½' H x 20' L x 7' W. photo credit: Darrell Russell architect.
Initial sandblasting done to reveal where more chasing is needed. Getting closer!