The Carsley ART Studios are located on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and have been in operation since 1996. Throughout the years, I have created fine art for many private and corporate collections. Because of my diverse knowledge of the arts, especially from the early traditional era of painting and sculpture, my portfolio contains a variety of different media such as charcoal drawings, pastel paintings, oil portraits, sculpture portraits, small statuettes, life-size sculptures and monumental (large) sculptures of bronze and stone.
The studio offers quality artwork that is original and without compromise. To achieve this goal, clients are involved with their project’s development, from its conceptional beginning right up to its completion, every step of the way. The customer’s complete satisfaction is of the utmost importance to me. Many of my commissions are from returning clients.
If you have questions, please contact me so that we can discuss how to turn your ideas into an original piece of art, no matter how small or how big. You will be surprised at how easy it can be to make it a reality.
Perry William Carsley
Calvert Village Professional Center
135 West Dares Beach Rd. Suite 109B, Prince Frederick, MD. 20678
(across from the Safeway Store, main floor, east side)
firstname.lastname@example.org / T. 410-586-1024 / C.240- 988-5697
There are fourteen relief sculptures being produced for the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Solomons, Maryland by my studio. These are known as the "Stations of the Cross". "Relief Sculptures" are three-dimensional sculpture forms that when viewed from the front look deep and fully dimensional, while viewed from the side, the truth is found- they are compressed and are only 3" deep. All Stations are of original design, incorporating 24" high human figures into the design and depicting the different scenes of The Passion and Death of Christ. Interpreted by the sculptor, these compositions are based upon the narrative consistent within all the "Stations of the Crosses" found in Catholic Churches world-wide. To achieve greater detail in this particular project, various perish members of the OLSS church have consented to devote their valuable time to pose for various characters within the compositions, making this artwork truly original and personal to the Church. This is an ongoing project. Please check back with me regularly to see the latest of the installments. ."
"Paintings of portraits, still-life, landscape or most any subject for private or commercial use are available from this studio. The works viewed here were individually customized for each client's personal requirements. Please peruse these offerings within my portfolio and enjoy."
~ Perry Wm. Carsley
There are fourteen relief sculptures being produced for the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Solomons, Maryland by my studio. These are known as the "Stations of the Cross". "Relief Sculptures" are three-dimensional sculpture forms that when viewed from the front look deep and fully dimensional, while viewed from the side, the truth is found- they are compressed and are only 3" deep. All Stations are of original design, incorporating 24" high human figures into the design and depicting the different scenes of The Passion and Death of Christ. Interpreted by the sculptor, these compositions are based upon the narrative consistent within all the "Stations of the Crosses" found in Catholic Churches world-wide. To achieve greater detail in this particular project, various perish members of the OLSS church have consented to devote their valuable time to pose for various characters within the compositions, making this artwork truly original and personal to the Church. This is an ongoing project. Please check back with me regularly to see the latest of the installments.
This design was produced to compliment the foyer of the newly built Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, located in Solomons Maryland. The church itself is located by the water's edge in Solomons which is a small, picturesque community nestled on a peninsula in Southern Maryland. The surrounding nautical vista inspired the idea of having Mother Mary sitting upon a column of stone with her feet braced against its rough surface, barely touching the ocean's shoreline. The wind is blowing hard and the waves are lapping up at her feet. Carefully balanced in her raised hand is an oil lamp with a gold gilded flame, lighting the way for souls that may have lost their way in the dark. She is grasping her shawl, holding it against the force of the wind. While her hand is placed over her heart, she looks earnestly into the distance, hoping to achieve her objective- to be a beacon of hope. The finished sculpted composition is cast in Forton, a highly durable gypsum/polymer material, polished to a high shine with wax and mounted on a rose colored marble pedestal. To keep within the nautical theme, seashells are carved into the four faces of the stone base.
• Enter Our Lady Star of the Sea Gallery
General Description- The St. Mary’s Ryken High School of Leonardtown Maryland acquired a new sports field for their school. To adorn the gateway into this new facility they asked of my studio to design two sculpture pieces that would be placed atop of the gates’ piers. The design chosen is of a knight’s helmet, reminiscent of the school’s logo. The first step for me was to make a 1/6th scale model of the proposed project to calibrate the sculpture’s appropriate size to suit the scale of the eight foot pier. Finding the satisfactory proportions, the model is developed at full scale with much more detail and refinement to the design. After the approval by the client of the finished clay sculpture, it is shipped to the foundry to be cast twice in bronze. These pieces find their way back to me and I install them, assisted by professional masons.
• Enter Knight's Head Gallery
This project was commissioned by Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Southern Maryland whose Pastor had envisioned a crucifix that would be uplifting and inspirational for his parish. After a few design conceptions, I presented the idea of a “Rising Christ”, where the Corpus Christi figure is lifting up off the cross and rising toward the heavens. With the design approval, I chose the materials for the wood cross and INRI plaque to be African Mahogany and Walnut respectively and a lightweight material called “Forton” for the figure. The final assemblage is suspended by aviation grade cable, floating slightly above and in front of the altar. It resides in a newly built Catholic Church in Solomons, Maryland, designed by architects Larry Cook & Associates.
• Enter Crucifix Gallery
The Schermerhorn is a new Symphony Hall built specifically for the City of Nashville and is home to its internationally renowned Nashville Symphony. When the architects were designing this special place, they envisioned a structure not unlike that of Greek architecture in antiquity. Part of this traditional approach is the rising columns on the front elevation, which support the pediment over the entryway. This pediment needed the careful attention of a professional sculpting team. Architect/ Sculptor Ray Kaskey chose Carsley Art Studio for the designing and sculpting team. We chose the story from Greek mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice. In the story, Orpheus loses his only true love to Hades and in turn causes him to lament unceasingly. This prompts a carefully planned rescue of Eurydice by charming Hades in the underworld with his music. Achieving her release, he leads his beloved back to the upper-world. He almost succeeds up until the moment they reach the entrance of the upper-world when, abruptly, she is stopped and dragged back to Hades. In the pediment composition, you see Orpheus trying to pull Eurydice back over to his side of the panel via the lyre while Hades is reaching out to pull her back down to him. The three-headed dog, Cerberus, is carved into the composition, centered above the lyre (Orpheus's musical instrument) that represents the cross-over point from Hades to the Upper World.
The finished pediment is carved from limestone and measures 52 long and 8 feet high. All figures represented in the design are 12 feet in height.
Designed by Freiderich St. Florian (Architect) and Ray Kaskey (Principal Sculptor), this project took five years and three sculptors to complete. Every phase of this enormous project (7.2 acre site) was revisited and often redesigned. Many elements were left to the sculptors to add, delete or improvise designs to enhance the ongoing architectural changes. All bronze installations and some stone designs were the responsibility of our team. The following pages highlight some of the Studio’s contributions.
• Enter WWll Gallery
When pursuing a career in sculpting, the sculptor wishes to tackle the most formidable sculpture subject there is- the human figure. By mastering this elusive and somewhat complicated subject, he or she will have the ability to portray any subject represented in the three-dimensional world with any chosen medium they wish to use, whether it is to be clay, stone or metal. True success comes when the sculptor can represent the figure as a symphony of precise forms, coaxed and pushed to their limits, to create a dynamic design, tell a narrative or to have the rhythm of soft beauty. This strength of design is what I aspire to represent in all the works of figurative art I create, whatever the medium.
I take a meticulous approach in creating my sculpture portraits. Careful, precise measurements are important methods for making a true likeness of a person. But, inspired by the techniques and passion of the Great Sculptors such as Bernini and Houdon, capturing the essence and spirit of my subject is what propels a successful sculpture bust above and beyond that of just merely creating a mechanical copy. Therefore, each work of art that I create gets its own careful attention and consideration specific to my client’s needs.
• Enter Portrait Sculpture Gallery
"Traditionally, drawing has been the foundation for creating successful works of art, whether it be painting or sculpting . Therefore I devote a large part of my time teaching these skills to others while completing drawings of various subjects for my own clients.
On this page you will find examples from my portfolio of charcoal drawings, conte (red chalk) drawings, trois crayon (three color pencils) drawing and pen/ink drawings."
~ Perry Wm. Carsley
Carsley Art Studios / Calvert Village Professional Center
135 West Dares Beach Rd., Suite 109B, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 / T.410 586 1024 / C.240-988-5697
Calvert Village Professional Center
135 West Dares Beach Rd., Suite 109B, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(across from the Safeway Store, main floor, east side)