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 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.