majority of my sculpture is created by carving directly into stone or
wood. This direct technique allows me to explore a wide range of
expressive possibilities using natural materials that are rich in color
and texture. Carving is a time-honored method of sculpting, and I have
found that most people seem to recognize and appreciate this traditional
often, forms that occur in nature become the themes for my work. Trees,
rocks, bones, seashells, and even clouds and waves are the fascinating
inspirations for carvings in stone and wood. Occasionally, however, I
enjoy the freedom of simply beginning to carve and then "discovering"
the form buried in the material.
About Dean Leary
Richard Leary was born in the small town of Swannanoa located in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. When he was very young his
family moved to Gloucester, Virginia, and in 1954 they moved once again
to the small town of Manteo on Roanoke Island near the North Carolina
Outer Banks. After graduating from Manteo High School, he attended East
Carolina University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in
sculpture with a painting minor. He taught sculpture and three
dimensional design classes at Mitchell Community College and later at
the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the late 1970's. In 1980
Dean opened a private sculpture studio in Statesville, North Carolina,
where he continues to work today. The majority of his sculpture is
executed in stone and wood although he has had extensive experience in
fiberglass construction and in bronze and aluminum casting.