Artist Statement: I think of my artwork as an idea that grows and transforms with every strike and scrape of my chisels and tools. I may have a plan or an image in my minds eye and then each piece grows and evolves into its own organic form. I strive to take you into a piece of my creation and help you travel beyond its edges.
Bio: Wade was born and raised in the countryside of Oregon. He grew up with a father who was a carpenter by trade. At 8 yrs old Wade started making baseball bats and bowls on wood lathe. By age 10 he started welding and helping his father restore and do body work on old muscle cars. As an adult Wade’s first sculptures were in plants, pruning in shapes and figures. Wade had always appreciated beauty and nature. Several years ago he wanted to capture images he had in his mind’s eye from spending time out fishing and camping. After weeks of searching for unusual wood grains and textures he started piecing together and forming some of his wood wall pieces. Shortly after completing several wood wall sculptures Wade was in search of a new medium. A few weeks later he found his now teacher Carol Murphy who introduced him to autoclave aerated cement. One of the many benefits of this sculpting medium is the diversity of uses. Wade's creations can hang on walls, be shelf displays, be used in tile work or used in sitting walls or outdoor displays. Wade loves to help your mind travel, so that your mind wants to go beyond the edge. He thinks of his sculptures as the mind's window beyond.
Wade’s stone like creations are actually a product called AAC (Autoclave Aerated Cement). Its main use is a green building material. Its amazing versatility makes it the perfect medium for Wade to create indoor sculptures as well as outdoor displays. AAC is also an environmental friendly material due to its composition and weight. AAC is roughly 20% the weight of traditional concrete making its carbon footprint smaller because it costs less to ship. Wade’s amazing creative vision brings this material to life by carving complex organic beauty in to each piece. When wade is creating one of his wood sculptures he makes a sort of blue print of his vision. He has searched for weeks on end to find the right verities of hardwoods with the perfect variations of color textures and most importantly grains. Most of the hardwoods that Wade is inspired to create with is especially difficult to find due to what most people would see as imperfections. He always uses wood with varying grains and knots to bring the wood to life through his love of nature and beauty.