10 Questions | David Everett

 

How did you get started? I’ve done this work since I was a small child and I really don’t remember being distracted by much of anything else. When I began my studies in art school I focused on sculpture and pursued classes with Charles Umlauf because I wanted a traditional background in the study of the human figure. In addition, I got a good exposure to traditional sculptural techniques and that led to a stronger and stronger interest in woodcarving. The direct, personal nature of the carving process interested me and it became my focus.

Who or what has had a major impact on your career as an artist? My major influence would have to be Charles Umlauf, my sculpture professor, and Jerry Newman, the first professor I worked with in art school at Lamar University in Beaumont. They both had very strong work ethics and expected the same from their students.

Describe a typical day in the studio. I usually work from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening and I’m usually busy 6 days a week. Other than that it’s hard to describe a usual day in the studio. It all depends on where I am in the process of producing a sculpture. I usually start a piece by spending several days working on a sketch that I use as a rough guide for the piece. Once the sketch is done I spend several days milling wood and doing glue-ups of the wood which will then be ready for the carving process. Once the carving gets underway the size of the sculpture determines the amount of time involved in doing the work. A small piece will usually take about 4 to 6 weeks of time while a large piece can take 2 1/2 to 3 months of carving time. Once the carving is resolved I move on to the final stage of the work, the painting of the sculpture. Again the size of the piece dictates the time involved but it usually ranges from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 weeks to resolve the color on the sculpture. The base is produced and painted during this time and the final assembly may take 1 or 2 days.

At that point the whole process starts all over again, first working with a sketch and then moving on to the carving and painting of the next piece.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? A beachcomber.

When (if ever) do you feel that a piece is finished? The piece calls the shots and it will stop bothering me when it’s ready to go. To look at the question from the other side of the fence I always advise students to quit working on a piece when they are the most excited about it.

What was your first job? I guess my first paying work was as a guitarist in a rock band in the 1960s. My next job after that was as a lab assistant in sculpture at UT Austin. After that I was a utility man in the US Merchant Marine aboard the oil tanker SS Mobil Fuel.

Single best invention in your opinion. The single best invention in my opinion is the knife.

What item would you be lost without? I would be lost without an eraser.

Tell us a bit about your new work in the show. This series of pieces is a continuation of my exploration of the combination of flora and fauna forms with the two larger pieces focusing a bit more on linear composition, especially in the “Conveyor” sculpture, as well as my pursuit of color relationships.

Most important question: Who would you say has the best margarita in town? Sazon.

 

 

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