How much can one learn about an artist by looking at his work? A review of Figurative Sculptor Stanley Satchell's latest pieces reveal a great deal about the unassuming , jovial, good-natured artist's life and passions. Couples dancing, a curb sitting trombone player, contemplation over a cup of coffee. Each piece convey a sense of something happening. The piece invites the viewer to sense the expressive energy seem to emanate from the piece. Stanley's strong com positional elements convey the intense joy the artist sees in the world around him. His sculptures invite the viewer on a journey to explore a world that celebrates moments, music and movement. Stanley Satchell's personal journey as an artist began in his early teens. Born in Baltimore, Md in 1950; Stanley's chief responsibilities included maintain cleanliness and orderliness of the household, care for and protect sibling younger than himself while both parents worked. By the time Stanley was 17 years old. the total sibling count was 14. It was through efforts to his siblings entertained as well as occupied Stanley showed and developed an aptitude for art. For example, he would draw pictures for his siblings to fill with color using crayons. His artistic development continued throughout high school where he developed an interest in mechanical drawing and architecture. Outside of high school Stanley would draw and paint for personal enjoyment. "As a child" he recalls", I was fascinated with the act of rendering. I drew everything I saw". "I drew so much, it became second nature". In 1969 he enlisted in the United States Navy from which he retired 20 years later. A 20 year military career brought a wealth of life experiences to draw upon to share in his work. Extensive training and familiarity in human anatomy and physiology; both as student, then years later as a Healthcare instructor, became a great benefit and asset in his development as a sculptor. Throughout his military career he continued to draw and paint. As a healthcare instructor he would occasionally create visual aids for departmental use. For his personal enjoyment, he would experiment with drawing techniques and styles. Pointillation, he found very challenging but among his very favorite, in terms of style. After 20 years of military service, Stanley retires to pursue Sculpture. Recalling the moment he decided to pursue sculpture seriously, " I was at the Legion of Honor Art Galley in San Francisco looking at a marquette by Rodin, and a painting by Leon named The bath. For some reason I thought how lovely it would be to posses the painting as a sculpture. Assuming no such work exist. I figured I would have to make it myself. Full of confidence in my artistic abilities I made the bath my first sculpture project. I accumulated the materials I thought I needed to make the piece. To make a long story short; my first and only attempt at the project turned out disastrous. However, the journey, the journey of concept to realization I found absolutely captivating". Along with life's trials and tribulations I continually honed my skills. I couldn't afford art classes so I read a lot of books, applied what I read, made lots of mistakes; some where extremely costly. Stanley spent several years developing his style; drawing upon techniques learned through study, practice, execution and experimentation. Before the piece is displayed it must be relevant in subject matter, recognizable, relate-able, accurate in Artistic expression and regal in stature. The intent of the work is to share as well as convey a sense of energy associated with engagement. The work celebrates moments, movement nd music; serving as a visual compliment to music, atmosphere, conversation or distraction. Ultimately; with his work, Stanley wants his work to enhance the value of the patron's environment. He often sculpts in view of the general public. Spontaneous unsolicited compliments, critique, reaction and suggestions concerning his work are openly valued. Collectively, such valued insights serves as sign post or guides for Stanley to use. "I do this for you as well as myself". Stanley's first exposure to the puplic was through the Pinole Artisan Association Pinole California. He recieves numerous awards for his work, and occasionally conducted sculpture workshops. Stanley currently work and reside in Martinez Calif.