About the Artist:
Ray Todacheeny is a contemporary artist who works in one of the tribe’s most up and coming sculptural materials — alabaster. Ray begins his process of sculpting the stone by roughing out the image he wishes to create with a grinder and electric sander. The final intricate cuts Ray does by hand with files, carving knives and sandpaper. Most of the final texturing is done with a dremel tool using stone bits. Ray then signs the bottom of each piece he carves.
Dogbotz Boneyard values the sculptures of Ray Todacheeny because of the traditional elements he carves into a relatively recent sculptural material. For example, in this carving, the artist incorporates the image of a bear standing upon a hunter’s arrowhead. The paw print of the bear and the accompanying tribal decorations have been carefully etched into the alabaster, allowing a new source of sculptural material to be integrated as part of the ancient tribal art of carving. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present Ray Todacheeny’s Alabaster Bear.