Editors: Sit down somewhere comfortable and take a little trip through the strange world of Tom Francis. The views stated below are not necessarily those of the editors, since all of the answers and even the questions are the sole creation and responsibility of one, T.F.
LT: Our featured artist this issue is Tom Francis. Tom, who are you?
TF: Rumors and innuendo. That should be "alleged" artist, those charges haven't been proven. What is this, Twenty Questions?
LT: Thirty-two actually. What is your life history as it relates to being an artist?
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Editor: Mark’s first interview was taken by Steve Sandry, and appeared in the March/April 1999 issue.
Mark: Let me start this interview by expressing my appreciation to association members past and present for their considerable efforts to promote stone carving and community. Together we have created a rare and wonderful organization. I salute those who have taken leadership roles, which like carving stone, takes real effort and patience. My thanks to you all.
SN: Who are you?
Mark: Like all of you, I am crazy about carving, utterly captivated! I’m so captivated that I’ve worked at crafting a lifestyle where I can carve every day. Realizing this goal has been a marvelous journey, now in its 34th year. Currently my sculpture studio is seated in a happy family nest. It is surrounded by organic gardens and orchard, enjoying full southern exposure between meadows and sky while surrounded by forested ridgelines. From this location I send a voice. All the creative energy flowing through me is translated into stone, bronze, and wood every day. I’ve made choices all my adult life that have brought me to this desired outcome: sculpture has become the cornerstone of my life’s work.
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