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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight - David Miller

David brings a very broad and varied set of experiences and interests to his artistic endeavors, and his work reflects this breadth. He is a thoughtful and thinking man, and, as Silver Falls and Whidbey Island participants can attest, he is an excellent teacher. It is great to have this opportunity to become better acquainted with this most interesting artist.


LE: To begin with, please introduce yourself.

 

DM: My name is David Preston Miller (I use my middle initial. As I grew up, being referred to in this fashion helped to distinguish myself from the other John Does). I was born in New Hampshire in 1949. I am the oldest of five children: two boys and three girls, with an age difference of sixteen years. I grew up, as I consider it, being a corporate nomad, as at that time the corporate structure for management required managers and their families to move often. I was always the “new kid on the block.” Four moves, four states by the eighth grade. I finished high school in a small western Pennsylvania coal-mining town. I probably have lived at fifty addresses since I was born. I have lived in the Northwest almost ten years. One year in Bellingham and the remainder outside of Marcola, Oregon on a dead-end road in an area of an early logging town named Wendling. I had spent most of my life in the Northeast, and I have only Alaska and Hawaii left as states to travel to.

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Artist Spotlight - June Bloye

 

June Bloye exemplifies the aspiring sculptor who has benefited a great deal from her involvement in NWSSA. This has allowed her to carve out a second career. She has, in turn, reciprocated by lending her talents to the association by serving as an active and vital board member. Her inspiring story follows.


LE: Please introduce yourself, and tell us a little about how you were introduced to sculpture.

JB:  I’m a person who has come late to art. Most of my life I’ve been a craft person, but now I see a continuum from one art form to another. Cutting out glass for stained glass panels taught me how to cut slate and other flat stones; jewelry making taught me how to manipulate and so on. The converse is also true. A recent project of mine involved appliqueing a scene onto the back of a fleece jacket, which I made 3-D from my sculpture experience. I think that all art forms complement each other. No craft making has been wasted and, in fact, most techniques have come in handy in one way or another. I now enjoy mixing my media so that I have stone with copper wire, glass, and wood. In the future I hope to combine other media as well.

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Artist Spotlight - Suz Gentiluomo

 

Suz has a very interesting story to tell about her journey through art leading to her destination in sculpture. She has been a long-term member of NWSSA and, in addition to producing a substantial body of work, she has also shared her talents through her teaching. Her delightful personality and sense of humor become quite apparent in this interview.


LE:  Let’s start by having you tell us about your life history as it relates to becoming an artist.

SG:  Both of my parents had an interest in the arts, although they were trained in mathematics and electrical engineering. Eventually this interest led them into antique dealing and restoration, so I was privileged to run my hands over thousands of works of art by the time I was a teenager. I also learned how to lift. I was the little kid on the lower end of those huge 18th century cupboards my mother was enamored with, while my dad guided us and grinned at shocked onlookers. Luckily no one ever did call Social Services, which left me the opportunity to spend time at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with Harriet Hosmer’s marble work, and a stunning array of Egyptian basalts. We went camping in New Hampshire every summer and literally swam in stone sculpture. The granite bedrock goes on for miles in every direction, and in one stream it is carved into thousands of water falls, and deep, intricate pools, for nearly its entire length. It’s magical. My grandmother would show us the garnets exposed in nearby boulders and we’d use her rock hammer to poke them out.

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Artist Spotlight - Dave Haslett

Dave has been an energetic and enthusiastic member of NWSSA, and he currently serves as our Vice President.  As we will learn, his broad training in art and his steady progress in sculpture has resulted in a well deserved blossoming of his career in the last few months.

LE:  Please introduce yourself--who are you?

DH: That’s a good opening question! My name is Dave Haslett. I work in stone, bronze, oil paint, and am a prolific drawer. I have owned my own business as a licensed general contractor since 1989, drawing plans and performing custom remodeling. Born and raised in the Pacific NW, I am the first male in a long line of loggers to not continue a career in the woods.

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Artist Spotlight - Alexandra Morosco

Many of us are well aware of Alex’s expertise when it comes to giving sound and thorough advice pertaining to the selection of the right tool or stone. Over the last few years, Alex has increased her role with respect to teaching about the proper use of tools. This interview will now showcase her considerable talent and training as a sculptor.


LE: Who are you?

AM: Certain species of ravens are known to make their own tools... CAW, CAW, CAW.  Who am I?  That’s a big question, and sometimes I have to check to see which hat I’m wearing before I answer. I am a Southern California sculptor who is rarely in Southern California. More seriously, I am a professional sculptor that works predominantly in stone.  The other hat that so many NWSSA members see me in, is as the “The Tool Goddess”. (I’m sure there have been other names, but I’ll stick to that one). I now work with Trow and Holden as their Field Representative, but prior to that I owned my own business, “Pronto Tools for Sculpture”.

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Artist Spotlight - Tom Small

Tom recently became a member of NWSSA and he attended his first Camp Brotherhood Symposium in 2001.  As he points out, he found a welcome home in our organization where his considerable training and experience in the arts can blossom.  His slide show of his work that he showed at Camp B. was most impressive, and now we can learn more about the man behind the art.

LE: What is your life history as it relates to being an artist?

TS:  When I look back on my life history, I can’t imagine being anything else but an artist.  My parents are both very creative.  My father was always building our house around us and drawing as an architect and my mother was a piano teacher.  I started carving wood when I was seven or eight years old.  I was exposed to Native American art, contemporary art (Picasso, etc.) and Renaissance art (Leonardo, Michelangelo) at an early age.

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