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Artist's Statement                       

    The 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 approach.

    Quite 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                       

    Dean 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.