In 1958 I immigrated to Hoboken, N.J.
and, although I continued to paint and sculpt for my own enjoyment, I
didn't consider carving again until 1980. It was that year I learned
that Bruno Lucchesi was teaching classes at the New School in New York
City. For four years I studied with Mr. Lucchesi, whom I consider to
be one of the most talented sculptors of today.
In 1984 I saw the award-winning
documentary The Stone Carvers and I realized I could do it. At
that time carvers were needed in Washington, D.C. to work on the
ornamental stone figures of the National Cathedral. I applied,
interviewed and was hired for the job.
Working alongside Marylandís Vincent
Palumbo, the master carver of today, I and six others carved rosettes,
gargoyles, and ornamental figures at the bottom of the Cathedral to
scare the demons away and angels at the top of the Cathedral to let
the heavens in. This repetitive, demanding work took three years. At
the completion of the Cathedral I was hired by Mr. Palumbo to do
restoration work on the White House, another great experience.