Loretta Kyle was born in Hemmingford Quebec and currently resides in Bonnyville Alberta. Her background in biological sciences informs her intuitive response to her materials: she has been scultping full time since 1997 and has exhibited throughout Western Canada as well as Toronto.
"It is hard to say how long a piece takes. Some pieces are inspired and only take a very short time and others I have to labour over. Sometimes I think about a piece for a year before I start to carve the stone and sometimes I get stuck on a problem half way through and have to leave it until I figure it out. So to answer the question, it can take me anywhere from one day to two months to a year. It all depends on the size and hardness of the stone, the depth of detail and the artistic inspiration."
I have used different types of stone; Chlorite, Pyrophyllite, BC Soapstone, Brazilian soapstone, African Kisii stone, and Quebec Serpentine. The soapstone has a hardness of one on the Mohs scale and damages easily. I prefer to use Kisii stone and serpentine. The Kisii stone has a hardness of only two but itís fine grain takes detail very well. Serpentine has a hardness of three/four and cannot be scratched by fingernails like soapstone can. I also like how this stone has a fleshy appearance. The finer the grain of the serpentine the harder it is and the better it is for fine detail.
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