Tom Gebler, Sculptor
Tom is a third generation Arizonan. Born and raised in Phoenix, his heart has always been in Oak Creek Canyon. His grandfather built a summer cabin just south of West Fork in 1956 and Tom has had a lifelong love for the canyon. In 2007, he and his wife, Sally and son, Hayden moved to “the cabin” and have made it their permanent home with their two dogs, Pebble and Duke.
In 1980, while attending N.A.U., Tom’s fascination with the human form shifted from studying kinesiology to sculpture. He found himself immersed in a class with John Soderberg, Neil Logan, and his cousin Doug Gebler, who had mentored with John Waddell. Tom created his first bronze sculpture, Gemini which he named after the life study model to whom years later, he would marry. His artistic talent shifted from sculpture to architectural design and he enjoyed several years designing scores of custom homes throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Tom’s return to sculpture came about last year when he completed a sculpture which which he had a 33-year journey. His latest sculpture, “Kituwah” has a deep personal connection and has ignited the true artist that has been yearning to emerge for many years.
Artist’s Statement: I have always been drawn to natural beauty. The human form continues to fascinate me though I am equally taken aback by my amazing surroundings. Sunlight glinting off a dewy fern will capture my full attention. I love and appreciate all that nature provides to our senses if we will receive it.
As an artist, I have two themes for my work moving forward. First, to create pieces with a story that once known, shapes how one sees or feels about it. The second theme is to have my art contain a not–so-obvious something extra for those who have a deeper understanding of my subject; i.e. a piece that can be appreciated by most, but will have a little something extra for those who dig a bit deeper.
9823 N. State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336