Creations in Stone and Bone
Dennis has followed the artistic foundation of his father. He likes to think of himself as a messenger. A liaison between you and the stone or antler. He has the honour and obligation to free each piece and share it with the world. He has several special approaches, including the creation of intricate images onto deer, elk and moose antlers as well as alabaster and soapstone.
Wildlife continues to be a favourite subject for his artwork, but Dennis will also create “moments in time,” a combination of pictures of everyday life and the beauty they possess.
“Natures Balance” is a full moose antler carving depicting Canada’s wildlife. Herbivores and carnivores and separated by our mascot- the beaver. This work highlights the beauty and wonder of our cherished land and all that we stand to lose. His inspiration for this carving was witnessing these creatures in their natural habitat as he worked as a locomotive engineer travelling through the Rockies and Fraser Canyon.
The Legend of Sedna the Sea Goddess
"The Legend of Sedna the Sea Goddess" A young woman falls from her kayak and becomes the mother of all sea creatures after losing her fingers into the ocean. Her father severs them, in fear of capsizing. From each of her finger joints different sea creatures were born. As the sea goddess, Sedna has dominion over her creatures and controls the availability of them to Inuit hunters. In difficult times, Shaman will comb the tangles out of Sedna's hair and put it into braids. This makes her happy and soothes her anger. When she is happy, she allows her animals to make themselves available to the hunters.
Two whale vertebrae’s merge to become “Sedna”. Her beautiful image is carved with the creatures of the sea escaping from her hair. The base is serpentine stone set into the bone and represents the sea and their new home for them to flourish. Right, is Ethereal Dancers. A large moose antler carving of flowers and humming birds. Two elk birds emerge, peering at their kin.
"Homestead" above is a montage of images during his travels, combined to create an intrinsic collage of a time gone by.