Toadstool by Paul Harder
Toadstool was inspired by my love of the spring and the fall seasons. The spring chorus of frogs and the arrival of fall mushrooms are touchstones for me and I wanted to celebrate these events in a sculpture. I also wanted to create something that was fun, a little whimsical and magical, and perhaps able to bring a smile to a garden visitor.
Paul Harder is a North Saanich artist with a passion for wildlife and marine creatures. He draws his inspiration from his experiences in the wilderness of BC and Yukon as well as his scuba diving adventures from around the world. He is a self-taught artist who is constantly seeking out new subjects and areas of interest. Recently completed sculptures include a Great Blue Heron, Timber Wolf, a Chocolate Lab, Abalone dock lamps, and a series of small sculptures including a black bear, walrus and frog. He has public installations in the Village of Whistler and at the Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, BC. He regularly exhibits works in the Sidney and Sooke Fine Arts shows in British Columbia and donates works to local fundraising charities.