Vance Theoret is a man of few words, as are many who work with stone. But when he does get talking it takes little time to feel his passion for the stone that he works with! And of how he communicates with the stone in a manner hard to put into words but nonetheless very tangible.

Vance connects with each stone, allowing its ancient memory to speak to him. Using this first impression of what the stone has revealed, he applies a 'direct carve' approach, letting the design emerge. This rough image is then refined into a clean, solid sculpture, with precise, yet minimal, detail. "I let the stone tell me what it wants to be."

Working in alabasters, soapstones, slate, chlorite and Kissi stone, Vance carves a variety of subjects - but bears are by far his favourite. "Bears are like big kids that never really grow up. So I can get away with portraying a lot of human qualities in them.

VANCE  THEORET Let The Apres Ski Begin
Let The Apres Ski Begin
Brazilian Soapstone  
10 x 8 x 8.5 in
VANCE  THEORET A Not So Perfect Landing
A Not So Perfect Landing
Brazilian Soapstone  
8 x 13 x 6 in
VANCE  THEORET Catching Her Interest
Catching Her Interest
Brazilian Soapstone  
7 x 9 x 5 in
VANCE  THEORET Hes Looking For Trouble
He's Looking For Trouble
Brazilian Soapstone  
7 x 10 x 9 in
VANCE  THEORET Joy At The Ices Return
Joy At The Ices Return
19.5 x 21 x 15 in
VANCE  THEORET Kicking Up Her Heels
Kicking Up Her Heels
Brazilian Soapstone  
12 x 6.5 x 4.5 in