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Wendy Rome

I have been carving for over thirty years, specializing in stylized animal figures and abstract sculptural pieces. In the 1990s, after over twenty years of woodcarving, I had the opportunity to study stone carving with Master Carver Constantine Seferlis, whose illustrious career spanned two continents and included eighteen years of work at the National Cathedral. I jumped at the chance, studying with Constantine and then with John Sonnier, a gifted stone sculptor who teaches sculpting at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.

I've carved in many of the traditional carving stones -- marble, limestone, soapstone, granite and alabaster. But I'm also a rockhound, so I love to carve minerals like selenite, rainbow cal silica, honey comb calcite, honey calcite, and verdite, and gemstones like opal, turquoise, quantum quattro silica, amethyst, tiger eye, rose quartz, and malachite. I still carve burls, highly-figured woods and exotic hardwoods as well. My work ranges from hand-held pieces through sculptures of several feet in height. Over the years, I've been gratified to win numerous awards in wood carving, wood turning and stone carving, but my most incredible moment was when I won Best-in-Show at the Neighborhood Art Show in The Plains, Virginia for "No Bull", an Indiana Limestone on Virginia Soapstone piece. In an embarrassment of riches, No Bull also garnered the most votes for the visiting public's favorite piece -- out of over five hundred show entries.

Today, I still carve animal figures. Though most are stylized, with the features suggested in shapes and angles, I occasionally carve figural pieces, capturing the true-to-life details of my subjects. I also carve one-of-a-kind zen gardens in both stone and natural-edge big leaf maple burl slabs and caps. I cut and polish unique gemstones to place in the sand gardens. In keeping with the executive pacifier theme, I've become well known for my "worrybirds", smooth stylized birds in stone or wood designed to be carried in a pocket or placed on a desk, coffee table or dresser. Life is hectic enough. Art can bring serenity from chaos.


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sculptor@shentel.net

540.743.7625

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