Bas-relief sculpture is particularly challenging and their own particular form of sculpture. I like the process — the building of an image from a flat background.
I use the technique of bas-relief to show athletes in motion and capture moments of victory. Without the need to focus on background details, I can to portray the athletes’ movement and, in a sense, stop time in the middle of a race or as an athlete clears the high bar. It’s almost as if a three-dimensional photo was taken at that exact moment.
I begin by sketching my design onto a hard surface — typically wood — then building upon that with clay. With each layer I pay special attention to fine details and ensure that the piece has proper depth. Once I’ve completed the clay form, I use silicon to create a negative. When the silicon negative is completely set, I remove the clay portrait and add a plaster/cement mixture to the mold, which will be the final product. After some finishing touches, the sculpture is complete.