You have an idea of where you want to end up, same with me. The creative process is the same no matter what you’re doing — writing, sculpting, paintings — it’s all the same. We go in at the end and hit the flourishes and tie everything in, and that’s what I do. I try to find all the flourishes that will complete the piece, and try to make it the best piece.
Q: Are you ever intimidated when you start a piece?
A: It’s like any artist. Writer, musician, actor, whatever — you always have those doubts in the back of your head. Is it going to be as good as the last piece? But you just get in there and through confidence of doing pieces over and over again you have the confidence of knowing that the piece will eventually turn out.
Some pieces are easier than others and you know right off the back. Doing portraits, for example. I’ve been able to do portraits as fast as three hours. And other times it can take two weeks. It just depends on the facial structure, if my eyes are tired that day, if my lines are mush, if I slept the night before — all those things are a factor.
Q: Just like any other job.
A: Just like any other creative job. That’s all it is for us. It’s a job. We’ve been doing it a long time. I’ve been doing it for 36 years and like I said, Todd’s been with me since he was 8, he’s 32 now so you can figure that out. He’s been with me since he was young, working periodically in the studio, helping out. My oldest son has been with me for 14 years, maybe 15 now. As a team we’ve been working together easily over 15 years.