We’re accepting custom orders only on bas relief pieces until we ramp up production for the 2020 Olympic Trials for track and field. All of my bas relief sculpture will be in production and immediately available from May to November 2020.
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.