The Llano Uplift is the igneous and metamorphic heart of Texas and one of the many reasons I love living in Mason.
Recently Mason hosted a group of Conoco-Phillips Geologists where their primary rock excitement was the sea of Cretaceous limestone, whose main redeeming value is the oil in them. Well….not in Mason County but in other areas. With abundance of limestone and granite, it suddenly dawned on me that we host an abundance of sculpture materials. Suddenly life gave me an opportunity to attend the 2012 Texas Sculpture Symposium in San Angelo.
The invited artist for this event was Jesus Moroles. Jesus has been working in granite since his graduation from North Texas, he now lives & works in Rockport. He has more than 2,000 works in place in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States, in museums, corporate, public and private collections. He is a member of the Board of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and recipient of the 2007 Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Visual Arts by the Texas Cultural Trust and the 2008 National Art Medal presented to him by George W Bush. I learned how to cut, chisel and polish granite by one of the best.
(Note: for those who helped me with my recent back surgery recovery, I never picked up anything heavy. The proper use of the chisels, hammer, grinder (4 lbs) etc. doesn’t use your back muscles for you work WITH the granite; therefore it’s like cutting butter.) Now to find some small pieces of limestone and granite to practice.