2015 Okanagan Art Award design
I was chosen to design and create the 2015 Okanagan Arts award! My attempt to use local Gypsum stone failed. As I bucked up the 14 awards, they fell apart in my hands proving to be too brittle. Thankfully, my supplier in Vancouver was able to cut 14 white Indian alabaster stone in a hurry. The deadline was nearing. Three days before the ceremony, I was notified that they forgot 2 more categories and I needed to make 2 more. Tough, but doable. Once they were finished, I had the idea that because my inspiration for the design was based on the Okanagan Arts logo that was created in 1967 from Canadian artist Zeljco Kujundzic, I wanted to carve another to honor him. After finding out that he passed in 2003, I managed to contact one of his daughters and invite her to the ceremony and accept it on his behalf! The night was an absolute success!
Okanagan Arts Awards
Kamloops 2015-2019 Mayors Gala Award design
My inspiration for this design was when I was asked what does our town of Kamloops have to offer.? It occurred to me when I was driving a train and thought that it had a geographical significance. So the green stone (Indian soapstone) represents the north and south Thompson rivers, the black African Wonderstone (prophylite) is out two central mountains with our famous RED bridge inset (Italian alabaster) and sun setting between them signifies our hot arid climate.
The base was transformed from a large block of black walnut, to a smaller piece of local pine beetle wood.