Silverwood Farm and Studio
39331 Rodeffer Road Lovettsville, VA 20180
Catoctin Region, Stop #7
In my exploration of the figure, I have begun to expand, stretch and transform it. I generally don't concern myself with scale relationships within a sculptural piece and, in that respect, the image becomes a little surreal.
A strong pose represents humanity at its best. While the human body itself is beautiful, the mind affects body language, and the beauty and inner strengths can be realized. The figure is more than just a body in motion it is also a mind at work. I strive to look deeper at capturing that expression between mind and body in an attempt to transcend the medium by turning ceramic, stone, or bronze into flesh.
Jeff served as sculptor's assistant for eleven years to master sculptor Frederick Hart, working on Hart's major projects for the Washington National Cathedral, President Jimmy Carter's library, and the Richard Russell statue in the Senate building. Mr. Hart once wrote of Jeff's sculpture: "Whose quality of work rivals any in history." After Hart's passing in 1999, Jeff continued to realize Mr. Hart's final works until 2007, bringing them to completion. While working for the Hart estate, Jeff was called upon to redesign the three soldiers for a new Vietnam memorial in Apalachicola, Florida.
Jeff has received numerous museum sculpture awards. His ceramic sculptures have been shown internationally. Hundreds of his architectural sculptures adorn government buildings, churches, and estates on the east coast and in and around the Washington DC area. His work is featured at the Marine Corps administration building and the Washington National Cathedral. His public sculptures can be seen at the Turkish Embassy residence, the US Capitol building, and, most recently, the Martin Luther King Library in Denver, Colorado.
Offering on tour: Sculptures formed in ceramic, lucite, bonded marble, and bronzes in a variety of sizes. Demonstrations. Refreshments.
Directions to Silverwood Farm and Studio:
From Route 7 or Route 9, turn north on Route 287 toward Lovettsville, then turn right on Rodeffer Road (Route 682). Turn right at the T in the road, then right into driveway after 1/4 mile. Studio is at top of driveway in upstairs of Bank Barn.