ROBERT E. BOUQUET
I am a self-taught sculptor working in the “taille-directe” or direct carving method. I do utilize some power tools for rough cutting; however, I try to use hammer & chisel and other hand tools as often as possible. The physical effort of carving stone is part of what has drawn me to this form of art.
I have been sculpting for about 30 years, originally using wood as my medium. Switching to stone about 15 years ago, I now work mostly in black soapstone (quarried locally here in central Virginia) as well as Italian marble and alabaster.
The subject matter for most of my work is the human figure or animal life. I have also done some abstract pieces emphasizing organic forms.
My work is in a number of private collections as well and has been in galleries in Charlottesville and Sperryville, Virginia. I have also been in juried shows and have participated in several auctions for charitable fund-raising events.