Q: Is it easier to sculpt the older you get and the more experienced you become?
A: Yes and no. the older you get the more tired your eyes get. But you know what to look for. I’ve done over 100 portraits so if you stick with the game plan and follow your steps that you’ve prepared over the years it’s not that difficult. The toughest part is really capturing the personality of the individual and getting it just right because everyone has various personalities and it’s interesting trying to capture that one look that everyone can relate to.
Q: If you weren’t sculpting what would you be doing?
A: Jeez, I don’t know. I’ve been sculpting since I was young so I don’t know.
Q: What do you do on your free time?
A: Sculpt. Seriously. When I’m not sculpting here I’ll go home and sit and sculpt.
Q: Do you get tired of it?
A: Not yet.
Q: That’s a good sign.
A: We’ll see. [laughing] I’m getting tired. I’m not getting tired of the work but I’m getting tired. This land run project has worn us all out physically. Normally when you work on a big piece its ware and tear on the body and when you finish it you’re worn out and you can sit back and normally it will take a year before another big piece comes through so your body can recoup. We always have three pieces going through the studio at all times and it’s been happening for 13 years straight. And that’s one project as well as what else is coming in. There’s some times where we’ll have five or six sculptures going on in the studio at once.