I carve wood sculptures, which depict moments when something is about to happen. These are everyday moments, sometimes poignant, sometimes with an edge of humor. The subjects are figurative; female, male, animal; their gestures and relationships.

My scale is modest, handheld, yet on occasion, larger than life in feeling. I often draw in the evening; something I saw, heard, read, or remembered. After some time I know which drawings will be capable of standing up as Sculpture. A line drawing is drawn or painted on basswood, then rough cut with Japanese saws. Over the next few months I carve with chisels and flex knives defining the gesture and presence. The finished carving is then defined with hints of washed on color.

When the Sculpture stands on it’s own with a casual sense of grace, it is time to travel to the Gallery. When not in the studio, I enjoy walking, friendly dogs, the flights of birds, and wandering conversation.

Stan Peterson
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