April 11, 2009
Glenn Dobrusky, was accidentally killed this past Tuesday doing what he loved to do most - sculpt. He was 58 years old.
Glenn lived in Gold Beach, Oregon. He led a reclusive life with no phone or internet access, obliged to descend from his mountain top to make a call or send an email from the public library. Glenn would scour the beaches and forest for driftwood and fallen trunks and branches. The blustery winters would reward him plentifully with madronna, port orford cedar, myrtle, maple, oak and alder woods. All it took from Glenn at that point was "to be in the mood" - which was never very difficult for him.
Glenn was an excellent sculptor, at the top of his craft, producing some of his best work in years. He was dedicated, passionate, genuine and one helluva nice guy. He put to shame all those chainsaw happy, grizzly bear carving faux sculptors pandering their wares from Tucson to Utah. I will miss his candor, his gruff voice on the telephone, and unpacking his treasures freshly delivered to the gallery's doorstep. I will miss the man, I will miss his art. Farewell my friend, I hope the Good Lord has a place for a pelican or two. The full story can be read here. - Kevin Freitas
Glenn grew up on the beaches of Southern California. He moved to Hawaii in 1969, and it was there he met a Japenese Hawaiian woodcarver, "Paul of Hawaii." Glenn was fascinated by his unique talent, to such an extent, that he became Paul's apprentice. This apprenticeship began with the development of Glenn's own tools and basic skills to work with wood sculpture. Then, under the Master carver's direction, they carved magnificent statues and native Hawaiian woodcarvings that are seen throughout the Islands. Glenn learned so much from his master, but is now a seasoned artist in his own right. He resides in Southern Oregon, at the mouth of the Rouge River. His skills, imagination, and passion have developed into his own unique style and vision. He has combined his love for the Pacific Coast, and its shorebirds and marine life, to create these hand carved original Driftwood Sculptures.