“When I found the stone for this piece, I immediately fell in love with the veining and knew the carved shape of the piece had to accentuate this attribute. I found a sketch that I drew late one night, and decided this is what I should sculpt. First I sculpted the dancer and next the base. The texturing on the base reminds me of lichen (a moss which covers the ground in the north), which is a major food source for many northern animals. My original plan was to carve the dancer’s face with his eyes wide open and full of glee, but the more I looked at the fluid movements of his body, the more I realized he should have an expression of serenity. When looking at this piece his expression puts me at ease.”
Billy was born on July 7, 1978, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. In his early years he travelled eastern Canada residing and schooling in Ottawa, Yarmouth and Halifax in Nova Scotia, then at the age of thirteen returned to live in Goose Bay. He now lives in North West River in Labrador and enjoys fishing and hunting on the land with his family.
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