Fawcett captures his artistic soul and spirit

Mission artist Charles Fawcett continues to chisel away at a project he has been working on for 16 years called The Elders are Watching.

Mission artist Charles Fawcett continues to chisel away at a project he has been working on for 16 years called The Elders are Watching.

Charles Fawcett is a man of many talents because he isn’t afraid to explore each one.

He’s a sculptor, painter, poet, and musician, but it’s his spirituality that is the most captivating of all. It gives him inspiration for everything in which he is involved.

A spectrum of Fawcett’s work will be on display at the Mission Arts Centre gallery from March 22 to April 9, with the opening reception taking place on Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The show is called Soul Expressions, Dialogue of the Eternal Spirit.

There will be over 30 items at the exhibit ranging from wood carvings to stone sculptures and paintings in oil and pastels.

“I’m not just an artist, I’m a creator,” said Fawcett at his Mission home and workshop. For example, stone is alive and it renders what Fawcett can bring out of it.

The local artist utilizes materials around the community and other places he visits for his work. Each piece is carefully carved, and Fawcett takes as much time as he needs to finish it.

He has been working on the large boulder in his driveway for 16 years and is in no hurry to see it complete. The sculpture will represent the four males on the planet and is called The Elders are Watching. One one side is a face of a Caucasian, the other sides show visages of an African, an Asian and an aboriginal man.Like most of his other artwork, you have to walk around it to appreciate its existence.

Fawcett uses varied tools for different creations. With a granite slab, he uses a one kilo mallet and a chisel with a round, blunt point. With marble, he will pick up a lighter mallet and a pointed chisel.

With granite, you’re breaking crystals, but with marble, you’re cutting them, he explained.

Fawcett has been an artist throughout his life. He attended Emily Carr in 1984 and graduated with honours.He moved to Mission with his wife last year from North Vancouver where he was a member of the North Vancouver Arts Council.

Fawcett also teaches classes and his artwork can be found at www.yessy.com.

The Mission Arts Centre gallery, located at 33529 First Ave., is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information call 604-826-0029.