HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (January 12, 2016) – Wind Crest resident Jack Stevens' interest in woodcarving has led him down many paths including carving-in-the-round, whittling, marquetry, inlay, and bas relief now on exhibit at the retirement community nestled against the Rocky Mountains.
His running horse relief was inspired by an old photo in a National Geographic magazine of horses running in the ocean surf in France. It is displayed in alluring fashion, where residents, staff and visitors marvel at its intricacy.
The original running horse carving was 40 percent larger than the one at Wind Crest and hung over Stevens' fireplace for many years when he lived in East Texas. That piece currently resides in a family home in Texas.
"I modified the image and carved my first-ever bas relief," Stevens said. "I made some more changes in the design."
Six of his bas reliefs this year are scheduled to reside in Hinsdale County Museum in Lake City, Colorado. His work is also found in the homes of friends and relatives and in three different churches.