Chas Curtis studied sculpting at Stanford University when he was getting his master’s degree. “Stanford was an amazing place to meet other like-minded artists in an experimental and open environment.” He began experimenting with stone because of the gravity and permanence the medium holds. It is something that will last longer than a human lifetime.
After Stanford Chas studied with Rollie Grandbois, Cliff Fragua, Jesus Morales, and other Native American artists. He was drawn in by the meditative aspects of the media. “Working in stone can take weeks or months to get to a final sculpture and your hands work across the surface thousands of times during the process creating a deep memory of the shape and texture of each curve.”
Chas’ home studio is in the mountains above Santa Fe where he can see across New Mexico to Colorado on clear days. He became inspired by the sky, clouds, and rains that move across the horizon. Intrigued by the paradox of sculpting something as ethereal and changing like a cloud or a raindrop in stone. “The organic nature of the media lends itself to rain and clouds but the timescales are paradoxical, marble will remain in that shape for thousands of years but the cloud or water drops are constantly changing. I often sketch shapes from the sky and dreamscapes and sometimes I just start carving the stone letting it tell me where to go. There is no prescription just a process of creating from a deep soul level.”
Chas has been sculpting for almost 30 years in Santa Fe and has been in 7 major galleries in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Memphis. “I love sculpting, it brings meaning to my life and a sense of freedom and pleasure to be immersed in the creative process. I love this series of clouds and raindrops and hope you enjoy the shapes as I do.”