Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into wood carving and sculpture?
Years ago I lived in Tasmania and worked as a ship builder and gained lots of experience using every type of hand/power tool available .I was looking for something creative to do in my spare time and in 1995-96 completed an associate diploma in art craft and design and have been hooked on wood carving ever since.
How does your life of woodcarving compare to your life before? Do you ever miss you previous career’/s?
I have much more freedom now and can structure my days around creating artwork. As far as my previous career goes, it was a means to an end and has now allowed me the opportunity to pursue my passion.
What is the inspiration behind your work? Can you tell us a bit about your artistic style or technique?
I love nature and particularly the ocean and try to echo the shapes and patterns I see into my work. I would describe my style as free-form and try to always incorporate texture, form and contrast.
You have your own gallery now, how did that start?
I supply quite a few galleries with my work and have a gallery section on the website. It takes hard work and lots of time.
I have been using the Arbortech power carving attachments on my grinders for many years and find that they allow me to move lots of material very quickly, which means I have more time and energy to produce even more work. All the tools serve a purpose but if I had to choose a favourite…it would have to be the Industrial Woodcarver.
To visit Ian’s gallery online: http://www.ianbellcreations.com.au/