I've worked for more than 20 years with stone and as odd as it may sound, I like it better than wood. I may have been a stone carver in my former life.

To shoose the subject for a sculpture, is motly just a spark in my mind that triggers the beginning. From tehre the stone takes over. I did hear some painter say this and I did not konw what was talking about. Now I am saying the same thing. Many times, a broken corner on a bloack starts me thinking. I visualize and see the connecting shapes and forms, which change many times during the carving. But sometimes I sit there or walk around the stone. Then all of a sudden I take the hammer and start without knowing what I will be doing next. As if something outside of me is guiding me. Bus I am used to working in this way and it appears it works well for me.

Many times people ask me where is the sketch I am working from. I only once drew a sketch on a roll of toilet paper and from the rough sketch became a dancing fisherman from the Mediterranean, carved on poplar wood. So it is a matter of having a dialog with the stone and in time you get the stone's permission to work on it.