|Ron has always had a great respect for nature and enjoys much of his life
in the outdoors. About 25 years ago on an Outward Bound Adventure the rock
art he would see scattered in the canyons began to hold a special interest
for him. Intrigued by the rock art's beauty and mystery he began to
formulate a way for everyone to appreciate this artwork in their own homes
without destroying history by removing the carvings from nature.
He began to collect photographs of the petroglyphs from various regions he
visited. He learned as much as he could about the interpretations of the
ancient art. Ron began to construct a way he could transfer the images in
his photographs onto stone with the same texture and look as if one had
just found the carving in a canyon. His dream came to life when he nished
his first pieces that had the look and texture of actual petroglyphs.
While working in his studio in Colorado, Ron allows each stone to express
to him the true nature of its image. He carefully hand carves each piece
in sandstone that has been put through an aging process to recreate the
effects of “desert varnish,” the dark wash found in nature. Using all
natural material, he creates replicas of some of the most well-known and
even the most obscure petroglyphs.
Ron began carving wild life about seven years ago. He uses the same care
and attention to detail to create amazing life like designs. His attention
to detail becomes more apparent in the large wall panels which can actually
seem to take you back to nature. When not carving Ron enjoys spending his
time in the outdoors backpacking, camping and rafting always gaining
inspiration for new carvings.
These unique pieces of artwork may be hung, on your wall, with the enclosed
nail or used with the stand that comes with each piece. Our nail in a
piece of drywall will support approximately 20 pounds. Our stone carvings
weigh less than 8 pounds each. Just hammer this nail into the wall as if
you were going to hang a picture (at approximately a 45° angle). Then pull
the nail out as far as you can without removing it from the wall. Line the
hole on the back of the rock up with the nail and push the rock onto the
nail and towards the wall until it is flush with the wall. This ensures
that the nail is all the way inside the hole on the rock. When removing
the rock from the wall lift it upward to free it from the nail. Ron has
taken great care to balance the stones so that they will hang accurately on
the wall. To stand the piece just place the metal rod into the hole on the
back. The artwork will be supported by the pressure created when leaning
back on the rod.
Should any of your pieces become scuffed or scratched brush them off with a
dry plastic bristled brush. If the marks remain run the entire piece under
water and brush them with a plastic bristled brush. This should help
remove any marks or scratches.
Petroglyphs or rock art are carvings in stone found in the landscape from
coast to coast. Rock art was not always created for its own sake, but may
have been part of ritualistic and social activities necessary to life at
the time. Great care has been taken in creating these hand carved pieces.
This artwork is created from natural sandstone. Cracks, fissures and
differences in color and texture are inherent to this medium. Your stone
has been put through a rigorous stabilization process that allows for years
of enjoyment. Each piece will only obtain more character with time.
Remember, rock art may mean many different things to different people so
if a stone is saying something special to you, be sure and listen!