“I love the process as much or more than the finished pieces. After sixteen years of tanning in front of a monitor, moving clay is a liberating move from the ever-increasing, two-dimensional/digital world I’m so accustomed to. Sculpture brings me back into the physical world. Other than fatherhood, nothing brings me more joy than working life into clay. Wildlife is something I’ve always loved and studied so naturally these are the subject of most of my pieces, but mainly they are simply something I’d want in my own personal collection.”
Inspired after seeing Ron Muecks hyper-realistic sculptures, Stephen (aka Tusk) wanted to try his hand at the medium, his first being a small african elephant in 2010... it was true love and purpose from then on.
Some time and a few peices later, his brother passed from cancer, leaving him with a self-challenge to produce a bust of his lost brother for his family. From there, more portraits and animal wall-mounts sculptures have sprung. While still early in his sculpting career, Stephen sculpts from a desire to learn more as well as to express himself through his creations, his ambition growing with each finished piece. While his current work is on offer, he still hopes to find his voice within the medium. In 2015 Stephen was juried as an Signature Member into the Society of Animal Artists.
A natural creator, Stephen has a range of talents. The great-nephew of eccentric Utah artist Florence Truelson, Stephen comes from a long lineage of artists. He has sixteen years of experience in graphic design, also branding one of Utah’s oldest and biggest breweries, Wasatch Beers. He started playing guitar at age 14 and has played in multiple bands and music projects. In addition to music he loves motorbiking, and while not known to dance, he may surprise you if the right song drops.