“Casson’s Pine” 2001-3 Commissioned by Mr. J.H. Phillips for his Muskoka home.
During the end days of March 2000 Toronto businessman John Phillips contacted me regarding his desire to commission the creation of a bronze sculpture similar to the central tree in A.J. Casson’s 1957 painting entitled “White Pine”. The technical and aesthetic aspects of the project facisanated me. I had never made a tree and now I must create something that felt light and full of air, yet was strong to the touch. There necessity of creating a realistic feeling for a 360° object that at the same time has a set silhouette for its “head-on” view. The base needed to be invented for as you can see by the image of the painting below the base of the pine tree is blocked by a stone ledge.