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Nancy Diefenbach Marble Sculptor

Nancy Diefenbach marble sculptor from Vermont 

Artist Statement

I bring a lifetime engagement with art to my work and marble. By combining abstraction with figurative carving I often express in gesture a human experience, a personal relationship, or my reaction to the natural world. It is a fascinating to me the way the stone response to the chisels, the way the tools can create texture and contrasts, and the way the marble can be finished to take on a life of its own.

   I have concentrated on exploring the possibilities of sculpture in marble since first studying stone carving at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in W. Rutland, Vermont. Taking workshops with various teachers has helped develop my technical skills. Now I continue to gather inspiration and motivation by returning to the quarries to carve with fellow alumni.

   However, my career in art began at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia PA with a BFA in Fashion Design. Later sharing my love of art with children led to acquiring my MA in Education -Gifted and Talented. Teaching are at the middle school level for many years was an educational and stimulating experience in itself. Currently I am working as a full-time artist in my studio in Danville,Vermont. My environment today is the peace and quiet of woods and mountains.

    My public commission works can be found in Springfield and Danville,Vermont. The Springfield work consist of six relief carved panels installed at the Vermont state office building under the auspice of Art-in-State-Buildings program. The carvings in Danville are part of the highway artistic enhancement program sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Agency of Transportation. These several outdoor pieces celebrate the town of Danville, its surrounding and its people.

    As a jury professional member of the New England sculptor association I have shown my work throughout the Northeast. Many of my sculptures are in private collection’s around the world.