If you need a little inspiration on how to find your life’s purpose and follow a creative career path, look no further than East Wenatchee artist Lance Dooley.
:: Click here to see a World feature on Dooley by Rick Steigmeyer, with photos by Mike Bonnicksen
Lance’s remarkable drawings and sculptures — on display at the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth through Aug. 22 — are well worth an hour of leisurely study and appreciation. Almost all the pieces in “Hand, Head and Heart” radiate the classical style that marks history’s crackerjack Aces of Art: Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rodin. Good company, if you can keep up.
And Dooley does. In clay, wax, bronze and stone, he’s sculpted wonderful bodies — gods, goddesses and average joes. With charcoal on paper, he’s captured a variety of human forms — sometimes moody, sometimes joyful, always powerful.
A former electrical engineer, Lance unplugged from corporate life to pursue his dream to be an artist — took classes, built a studio, sold his house and flew to Italy to study sculpture at a top arts school in Florence. The Renaissance city and classical curriculum shaped his own ideas to produce refined works in a modern world.
Details: “Hand, Head and Heart,” figurative sculptures and drawings by Lance Dooley, is on display through Aug. 22 at the Icicle Arts Gallery, 347 Division St., Leavenworth. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 548-2278.