Pieta, Carrara Marble, life size, 2006-2017, collection of the artist.

Pieta, Carrara Marble, life size, 2006-2017.





Angel of the Mountain, Carrara marble, 2011, Private Collection Kennebunkport, ME.

My Video about Marble Carving-

Emerging Figure, Carrara Marble.

Pieta 1, marble.


Rachel, Marble with oil paint.


Emerging Figure, Carrara Marble.


                    The Young Captive and Atlas Captive respectively,  from the Academia in Florence reveal the masters carving technique of uncovering the figure within the block.

Rodin understood what Michelangelo had done with the relationship of figure to block although he himself was not a carver but rather a modeler in clay.

    This portrait, Thought, of his pupil and lover, Camile Claudel, sits on a large square marble block.

   This photograph of a portrait of the other woman in Rodin's life, Rose Beret, shows how in the background Rodin has supplied a plaster cast of the original clay portrait with a piece of wood fastened to show the overall shape of the marble block that he desired. In the foreground is the marble being carved by an artisan, an expert copyist. Although Rodin has understood the power of Michelangelo's work he has turned the process around and has made it an artificial process suited to the demands of his successful sculpture factory. Rodin made clay sculptures that were then copied in marble by artisans. He signed the marbles.

Another sculptor who has understood the essence of Michelangelo's sculpting method is Constantin Brancusi. The face emerges from the rough stone in the extraordinary Sleeping Muse from 1906. 


Then in 1909 Brancusi did another Sleeping Muse, on the right, ugh, this time in bronze. He then continued to make pure geometric forms in stone and in bronze and eventually he become a highly acclaimed Modern sculptor. He left his dreams of a figurative Modernism and became the slave of the quest for perfect shape and hence the darling of all who love the theory of art more than the art. He never again reached the brilliance of carving shown in the first marble muse.

The Finish 

The Italian sculptor, Medardo Rosso, also in Paris with Rodin and Brancusi in 1906, made his most well known work, Ecce Puer. He put wax over plaster producing a special surface. Apparently he influenced Rodin toward an impressionism (small i) in sculpture.


My Risen Christ , on the right, commissioned for Saint Zepherin's Church in Wayland, Massachusetts, has a  surface that was achieved by polishing the marble right over details to make flowing forms. These photographs show the before and after. It is surprising how many letters I have received saying how right his features are, even though they are not at all specific. Over the years I have evolved a technique of carving marble that is purely my own. I am free from trying to make marble look like cloth or any other material in a super realistic manner.  I  try to utilize the special reflective and refractive qualities of marble. The right finish for this new Pieta is still evolving.

PS- eight years later-

It seems akmost prescent talking about a Medardo Rosso finish because I only became satisfied with a Christ figure that is not distinct for lack of a better word, He is evanescent like a vision. It was a very long process of making clear details, not liking how that looked, and then using the special qualities of this marble to make something that looks right to me. She is in this world with us, He is not. The word my friend used to describe Jesus in my Supper at Emmaus painting is appropriate- evanescent- vanishing like a vapor.


The Artist's Daughter, Kathleen, marble, 12" x 12", 1984.


Kathleen, Drawing for Marble, pencil, 9x12"