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Eye on Artists

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Editor’s Note: Sculptor Gene Adcock and painter Louisa Davidson will display their work through Wednesday at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities gallery, 135 Main St., Carbondale. Information: http://www.carbondalearts.com or 963-1680Gene Adcock Town you live in: CarbondaleAge: What’s that?Artist background: I was born in Detroit. My dad left when I was 2 and I lived in a foster home from 4 to 8 years old until Mom got Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrigs Disease) and her sister got us an apartment and took care of us until Mom died eight years after. I now take care of my aunt, who is 98. I designed California Pizza Kitchen and was one of the owners.Artist education: Accounting school – I found it boring so I went to interior design school and got a job in Los Angeles and had a design firm. Four years later that grew to 22 people. I did interiors for 35 years. I have two creative daughters.Shows and gallery exhibitions: I have had many shows in Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Basalt, Aspen and have a new one coming out in my New York gallery.Family Information: First wife: Sylvia Adcock; second wife: Cameron Adcock; third wife: Jeanie Renchard; and two daughters.What do you like most about being an artist? I get to be creative in all aspects of life.What do you do in your free time? Creative dinners. Aspen Art Museum auctions me off to do six-course dinners for eight people.What’s your favorite medium and why? Marble – there is so much hidden inside that reveals itself to me.Who is your favorite artist and why? One of my most favorite artists is Auguste Rodin. He was vibrantly alive and had energy of the whole man. He was a self-directed, dedicated artist with challenging sensibilities of the age with his realistic nudes, “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” What or who is your biggest influence and why? Leon Saulter. He was a sculptor, painter, and writer. He is the reason I decided to sculpt. He died when I decided in 1987 to sculpt, so I went to a friend, Sherrill Stone, who had studied with Leon, and she taught me. Because of becoming a sculptor, I was introduced to the love of my life, Jeanie Renchard, who had been sculpting for 10 years. We had 11 great years before cancer took her. I collected some of Leon’s drawings and words and had a book done as a surprise. It’s titled, “Listen to Yourself.” It sold so well, a second book was done titled, “Listen to Yourself Again.”The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on Artists” by providing clear, descriptive and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark at aclark@postindependent.com, 945-4487 (fax) or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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