Stan Peterson carves wood sculptures, which depict moments when something is about to happen. These are everyday moments, sometimes poignant, sometimes with an edge of humor. The subjects are figurative; female, male, animal with attention to their gestures and relationships. The scale is modest, handheld, yet on occasion, larger than life in feeling.
Stan will often draw in the evening; something he saw, heard, read, or remembered. After some time he knows which drawings will be capable of standing up as sculpture. A line drawing is drawn or painted on basswood, then rough cut with Japanese saws. Over the next few weeks he carves with chisels and flex knives defining the gesture and presence. The finished carving is then defined with hints of washed on color.
Stan has been exhibiting professionally since 1982 in Galleries in Oregon, California, New Mexico, and New York.