I received these details from Bobby Watt of RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. who commissioned three similar carvings for their Ottawa headquarters. These carvings, each by a different master carver, depict the Mr. Watt's journey from Scotland to Canada. The carving I chose to paint - the first in the series- was done by Danny Barber over the winter of 2008-2009. It is a "jack o' green, or green man, which is a long tradition with carvers in Europe. Foliage of thistles, Scotland's national flower, springs from his mouth.
I can't wait to start painting the other two beautiful carvings and you will see how the foliage on each of these "Jack o' green" changes to symbolize a different stage of Mr. Watt's journey! I only hope that I can do justice in my own way to the artistic talent of these great carvers and to the passion for stone that made these gems possible!***