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119 InnovativeHealthMag.com to work in. This piece is 8,000 pounds of stone,” he says matter-of- factly (as though everyone works with something that size and weight). “It’s a big job. I will do the carving on the front and then do more work on the back. I think my customer wants ballroom dancers on the back side of the marker. It should be pretty impressive.” Indeed. Sean’s work has been featured in marble or cement can seriously damage a piece.” He has an interesting schedule, precipitated by his work and location. He carves primarily through the summer months, May through October. During the winter months, he has a maintenance program for prior works. At present, he is working on a stone grave marker for a client. “This is easily my favorite medium at many art shows throughout the country and the Mid West including Art Prize, an independently organized international art competition in downtown Grand Rapids. Sean is philosophical about his entries at Art Prize. “I entered the competition three different times. I never won anything but I received my first commissioned work from featuring my sculptures there. You just never know what can happen – or where – or how. It was the start of great things for me.” Art is not simply Sean’s vocation, it is a family affair. His son, Theodore (TJ), works closely with his dad on most projects. “He’s 22 now, but has been working with me on and off since he was 13. And both of my daughters, Annamarie and Kristina, are both very artistic,” he says proudly. His wife, Laura, is an accomplished artist as well. She has been nationally recognized for her creation of The Last Supper, a large 4x14-foot work made of dryer lint (yes – the lint you take from your dryer lint catcher)! She sold the unusual piece to Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Orlando Florida. Laura needed about 800 hours of drying laundry to get enough lint and 200 hours to create the mural. She bought towels of the colors she wanted and laundered them separately to get the right shades of lint. She also made a second creation from dryer lint called, “The Creation of Adam.” Ripley’s bought this one also and placed it at the 9-11 Memorial in New York City. The CBS Sunday Morning show interviewed her in 2011 after she sold “The Last Supper” to Ripley’s. When Sean and Laura speak of their plans for the future, they are looking at starting a traveling gallery, moving it from one event to another. Sean says cheerfully, “Anywhere there is a large gathering of people.” “ Sean’s work has been featured at many art shows throughout the country and the Mid West including Art Prize, an independently organized international art competition in downtown Grand Rapids “


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