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 Artist Statement

Narrative Figurative Sculpture with a Contemporary Edge

Always a walker, from his early days as a mail carrier in SE Portland, to travels far from home. Stan continues to be on the lookout for “moments of significance” which tell a story. 

He does memory paintings in gouache of sights both real and slightly surreal. From these, he constructs and carves wood sculptures as wall tableau or as narrative figures standing without backgrounds.

Stan has a fascination for birds and flight. He enjoys carving small flying owls and pelicans, a Crater bird with a single egg, and even a Mourning dove with 9 cats on it’s back. Sometimes the carved birds have long legs and shoes for walking with their human counterparts.

Travel is often about the people we meet and the long distance friendships which develop. While in Oaxaca, Mexico last November, he sat down and carved with 2 famed “Alebrije”  artists. Those sculptures went through a series of changes back in his studio and are now unique collaborations.

Stan has been exhibiting his carved and painted figures since 1981 when William Jamison gave him his first solo show in what was to be the Pearl.  Since then the work has been exhibited and collected nationally. He carves basswood with hand tools and uses a variety of colorants for finishing. The only power tool used is a bandsaw with the remaining cutoffs often becoming his handheld “rescue dogs”

 

 
 

Surf Scooters
carved and painted wood
26" x 38" x 3", 2017

Where I'm calling from
carved and painted wood
19" x 24" x 3", 2017

The Basque
carved and painted wood
20" x 8" x 6", 2017

SOLD

Hawaiian songbirds
carved and painted wood
5" x 5" x 5" ea, 2017

Cargo Express
carved and painted wood
15" x 39" x 4", 2018

Flight of white owls
carved and painted wood
4" x 4" x 6" ea, 2018

Ray and Roy
carved and painted wood
19" x 34" x 3", 2017

Summer Lake  carved and painted wood 26 "x 36" x 3", 2017

Summer Lake
carved and painted wood
26 "x 36" x 3", 2017

Coqui's and Hawaiian Bull Frog
carved and painted wood
approx 4" x 6" x 4" each, 2018

Whisper  carved and painted wood 13” x 15” x 5”, 2018

Whisper
carved and painted wood
13” x 15” x 5”, 2018

Green Flash with white giraffes  carved and painted wood 22” x 34” x 4”, 2018

Green Flash with white giraffes
carved and painted wood
22” x 34” x 4”, 2018

Lapdog  carved and painted wood 8” x 6” x 6”

Lapdog
carved and painted wood
8” x 6” x 6”

The Gathering
carved and painted wood
18" x 24" x 12", 2017

SOLD

Beach House
carved and painted wood
18" x 14" x 5", 2017

Hats and rabbits, Oaxaca
carved and painted wood
13" x 14"x 10", 2018

SOLD

Giraffe in Moonlight
carved and painted wood
25" x 18" x 7", 2018

Mourning dove with 9 cats
carved and painted wood
10" x 18" x 18", 2017

SOLD

A new day
carved and painted wood
12" x 10" x 4", 2017

SOLD

Going Home
carved and painted wood
16" x 12" x 12", 2017

Crater bird with single egg
carved and painted wood, glass eyes
6" x 20" x 14", 2017

2 Catbirds
carved and painted wood
9" x 10" x 4", 2017

El Sharko / Oaxaca
carved and painted wood
6" x 15" x 5", 2017

Chief  carved and painted wood, glass eyes 36” x 13” x 13”, 2018  SOLD

Chief
carved and painted wood, glass eyes
36” x 13” x 13”, 2018

SOLD