I began carving stone at the age of 35 believing I had no artistic talent whatsoever. All I was after was a way to quit smoking. It worked, but I also discovered I was wrong about my talent. I had failed art in school twice, and never got a grade better than a C, but I never tried stone carving in school either. It turned out to be the key that unlocked the vault for me. In less than a year after I completed my first carving I was selling in galleries on Canada's west coast, and doing quite well. In 1997, after 21 years in British Columbia, I moved back to my native province of Ontario and tried to reestablish myself there. I also began to get more into painting as well as the sculpting. I opened a business for myself, selling soapstone, and teaching others how to sculpt. New galleries accepted my work, and helped me sell it. As I became more active in the fine art community I also began to experiment more. In the beginning I was strictly a realist wildlife carver. Now I like the challenge and will try just about anything. I've always loved history, both Canadian and American, political and natural. Recently I have relocated once again, on Canada's east coast, on the south shore of beautiful Prince Edward Island, just a short way from the Confederation Bridge. The life style here suits my temperament perfectly, and I can't imagine ever leaving this little paradise. I am a supply teacher, which allows me great opportunities to feed my diverse passions, and get a fresh infusion of enthusiasm from the students I meet. It keeps me young! When the weather permits, I like to go outside and carve, or paint plein air. When the weather doesn't, I retreat to my studio and work in there.
Roy Torney joined Pixels on April 9th, 2007.