For several years I have sculpted primarily in clay, reproducing my works in concrete and hydra stone. Since 1996 my work has been and will continue to be available through Art galleries and other retail outlets under the trade name, ‘Paco Artisans’. My work has always been influenced by my second unquenchable passion – exploring the great natural and human-made wonders of the world: the Egyptian pyramids; the temples of the Inca, the Maya and the Aztec; the carving of the indigenous artisans of the Canadian Arctic, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and the sculpture found in the great museums of Europe. In 2008, when I literally stumbled upon the wondrous sculptural qualities of limestone, I refocused my energy and set out to explore the carving possibilities this largely overlooked stone revealed to me.
Like so many fellow sculptors, both past and present, I also happen to have a learning disability. While people with dyslexia can be found in every profession, it appears that there are certain fields which draw on a dyslexic person’s strengths rather than weaknesses. I am in the process of writing short bio’s of several extraordinary individuals who made a difference not just in spite of their having symptoms of dyslexia, or related learning problems, but most certainly because of it.
Co-authored with Robin Backx, ‘Great Minds Think Differently’ profiles several extraordinary people who have become successful in spite of having significant learning challenges. Read more about the book ‘Great Minds Think Differently’.
I live and work in Bayfield, Ontario, with wonder woman Nancy and our wonder dog Murphy.