Dance Hill Collection came about more by accident than by design. The catalyst that propelled me to start sculpting was my viewing online of sculptures in stone by the Shona artists in Zimbabwe. (I came across them ‘by accident’ on the web.) I was intrigued by the artistry, the craftsmanship, the imagination. Initially I wanted to import and sell Shona sculpture, exposing more people to this wonderful art; but when that plan did not work I decided to try my hand at sculpting myself! I started with stone and then expanded to wood.
Although I didn’t have any formal training, over the years I’ve grown more and more comfortable with process, technique and tools, and more importantly, I think my creative vision has expanded and grown.
I’m continually amazed at the beauty inherent in those of nature’s raw material that I use, (primarily wood and stone). I read somewhere that there are over 80,000 different species of trees!
What intrigues me the most is the ability to create something that starts or helps to reveal the inner (or at least the less ‘seen’ or ‘less appreciated’) beauty of nature’s ‘raw’ materials, whether in or outside of the context of our varied and individual modern day experiences or ‘sensibilities’. When I’m able to create such works, think I’ve been successful in achieving my goal.
Ronald V. Sullivan
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