Patrick Imai is a self-taught stone carver who has carved for more than 40 years. He has dabbled in other art forms: sketching, painting and stained glass, but he always returned to carving. He carved in wood, whittling tiny animals and figures with a pocket knife or with palm chisels, then in the late 90’s, Patrick tried stone carving. He was hooked by the ease of working with soapstone and by the colours and texture of the polished stone. He has since carved alabaster, serpentine, limestone, selenite and marble. Patrick has a passion for carving bears. He works to capture emotion and movement in his carvings.
Patrick is a member of Arteast, Arts Ottawa East, the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and the National Capital Network of Sculptors.