Born in Italy Frank grew up in Calgary and now resides just outside of Calgary.
In 2006 he began sculpting as a hobby after admiring an Invermere B.C Artists Bear sculpture (Jerry Kohurst). He was fascinated with the way it was carved and how powerful this rock looked in his hands. He located the Artist, who opened up the door to a whole new experience for him. The Artist generously gave him a few pieces of rock to experiment with. Well, at that point he was hooked. Once he got the hang of the power tools (Chisels, angle and die grinders, files, sanders, polishing wheels) the pieces he worked on became more detailed.
“It is truly uplifting when you can transform a raw piece of rock into an object of beauty.”
After a few years working with Anhydrite rock he attended a 5-day workshop that was put on by Zimbabwe born Artist Chaka Chikodzi. The rock he chose to work with was called African lemon opal from Zimbabwe. No power tools were used on this sculpture just chisels and rasps. His first soft stone carving was a Turtle, weighing 90 lbs with the dimensions of 24 x 18 x 8 inches. Working with the softer stone allowed him to put more detail in his sculptures. For him the best part of rock sculpting is when you sand your treasure and see the colors come to life when you polish them. Every rock he works on is a little different and always special in some way.
“I would recommend this hobby to everyone, it’s a great escape and truly rewarding.”
Frank is always out exploring for new rocks to sculpt with and prides himself on continually looking to make improvements and finding new uses for the rock he works with. In 2015 he discovered a way to draw a beautiful picture on a special rock by using a small piece of sandpaper and a few drops of water and he named it Mystic Mountain Beauty then re-named the process Sand n Sketch.