Hey, thanks for visiting! I hope you'll find my art and writing interests you. Without an audience, the work of people in the arts is pretty lonely. We are inspired by feedback and motivated by you.
Briefly - I am a former journalist who was lucky enough to write for a living. In that role, I visited a bronze foundry and wrote a feature story for a newspaper. I was fascinated, so I gave it a try myself and was amazed to find that my first attempt at a sculpture wasn't bad! And, I'd loved the whole, complicated process. That was my start in the ancient art of sculpting for bronze.
And, I never lost my love of writing. When done with ambulance chasing and jetting across the country for news stories, I sat down and started writing purely for the joy of it. I made my own small business - Bolton Road Publishing - and helped others write the books and memoirs of their dreams. I also dove deeply into my own writing - short stories and a few books. Lots of my writing is based on people and experiences from my life as a reporter.
Oh, and the nostalgic photo atop this column? That's my grandfather, Frank Darby (orphaned at birth) with his grandfather, William - a boatman on the canals of the Black Country in the midlands of England. The photo was taken on the front stoop of their tiny house on Bolton Road, Silsden.
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein
PASSION for Bronze
The art of making bronze is a complicated process – one that calls upon the creative muse to sing on the right side of the brain and then summons the left brain for skills such as manipulating chemicals, temperatures, mechanics and more. It’s also a very expensive pastime or artistic passion. If you’ll read about the Bronze Process on my website, I think you’ll understand why original bronze art pieces are costly – so many people with distinct skills are needed to take a sculpture from idea to perfect form.
I know that I am particularly attracted to the timelessness of bronze, with artifacts that reach back almost 4000 years into history. Bronze pieces will outlast countless generations and become treasured artifacts of time.