Spirit Sculpture is the approach that Bill Culverhouse uses when creating a bird or animal or human portrait. “Any competent artist can copy nature,” Bill asserts. “I look at the essence of the subject and attempt to find its spirit. When you look at a piece of my sculpture, you should see the soul of the tiger, the inner essence of the woman, the soaring of the heart of the bird.”
Looking at the stone or wood is the beginning of the creative process for Bill Culverhouse. He looks at the marble or alabaster or walnut from every angle until he sees what is hidden inside. He never touches the medium until it has told him what needs to be freed.
For instance, he had a huge block of Mexican orange alabaster. Having created many rhythmic sea creatures from similar stones, he originally thought that this was what would rise from the medium. “The longer I looked at it, the more I realized that it looked like a massive T bone steak,” he remembers. “So that’s exactly what I carved.” T Bone weighs 126 pounds and rests on its own soapstone platter. It makes one’s mouth water just to look at it.