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My name is Greg Tomkins, I grew up in Montreal and relocated to Calgary 25 years ago. My professional career was as a mechanical design draftsman in the Petrochemical sector in Quebec and then the Oil and Gas industry here in Alberta.  Drafting allowed me to experience the artist in me as I was creating industrial drawings and I loved every minute of it. Having a career as an artist was always a dream for me, and only recently have I had the opportunity to pursue that dream.  I have been a hobby wood carver for several years but my passion lately has shifted. 


As an artist today, I have chosen soapstone as my canvas to express my creativity and have enjoyed working with the different stones and their varying textures and colours.  Soapstone is a natural material that has laid untouched for thousands and thousands of years and I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to transform this raw form into something that can be admired by all. Each piece of stone has its own character and challenges and the artist needs to address these very carefully throughout the design and execution phases of the project to achieve the desired result.  The finished product is never really achieved until the sanding, polishing, and finishing touches are complete and the true beauty of the stone is revealed. 


My preferred subject is bears.  Polar, Grizzly and Black bears.  They are all incredible creations of nature, and deserve to be appreciated and admired. I hope that my art will bring awareness to the ongoing threat to their habitat.  I also wish that my stone carvings will inspire others to look at mother nature in a new perspective and see the beauty that comes from the earth below our feet, and the magnificent creators that dwell above it.


I hope you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed creating it for you.     

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