EW: You had a piece featured in an art show staged at the Louvre in Paris. Can you tell me about that piece, specifically what was the inspiration behind it?
TD: The piece was called “Unarmed Warrior”.
My pieces evolve from inspiration from a rough idea. I don’t really draw out something and then sculpt it. I might, on occasion, do that. But, the process usually starts as an idea so, I started out with "Unarmed Warrior" by making a figure that I thought was interesting and that lead me to the end result.
EW: How has being an actor benefited you as a sculptor?
TD: First, I was an actor and then I became a director and spent roughly twenty years directing television. Directing is strictly a two-dimensional kind of art. You have to look at a scene and visualize it, then finally, block it and put it together into a three-dimensional piece that you’re looking at. I’m always able to tell pretty much what it’s going to look like. And I also am able to pull out of myself the ability to create from instinct. I’ve always been able to look at things three-dimensional and visualize them. for me, I feel that acting/directing and sculpting all relate to one another this way.
EW: When was the first moment you felt like an artist?
TD: I did a lot of copper sculpting in my late teens. I had always planned that after I retire from acting and directing I would put more energy into sculpting and see where the creative process takes me.
So, I guess in my early twenties I actually showed some mixed media things. I sorta felt like I was an artist type of person from my teens on. But there isn’t a distinct moment in my memory. It’s hard to say when, because I don’t know when, maybe never.
EW: Besides art, what are you passionate about?
TD: I like to go to the beach. I’m passionate about surfing and sailing. But, at my age now, I’ve had a few knee surgeries so I’m not as able to be as active. I’m interested in a lot of different thing in terms of hobbies. I’m involved with a lot of different projects, year in and year out.
EW: Where are you most inspired?
TD: Nature. My sculptures come from nature. Because, all of my pieces are done in burl wood. It’s apart of wood that’s between the tree and the roots. It’s a piece of some really hard wood. And that’s what I start with. The wood I use is a bridge between nature and the sculptures I create. It has a relationship between the figure and mother nature.
EW: Whatever artist to you admire most and why?
TD: I am admired with Renoir.
His mistress was equally as good as he was but, he received all the recognition.
Henri Moore for me, is one of my all time inspirational sculptor.
Some of the Impressionists I appreciate because I can relate to the progression of the movement.
Most artists who I really like they aren’t heard of. Like, I’ll go to galleries and look at piece that I really like, and admire the artist for their work, but they aren’t household names.