Bob Ragan- A self taught artist and world traveler who has done extensive research in historical techniques in sculpture and stone carving to produce modern sculptures and carvings with an "Old World" feel.
Florence Vineyard Carving Competition: First Place, 2007, 2010, 2011
City of Killeen Take 190 West Arts Festival: First Place Sculpture Competition 2011, 2012
Salado Arts Festival: 2006
Killeen Arts Festival: First Place in Sculpture
Second Place in Oil Painting
Laguna Gloria Art Museum: “Proud Hands” Juried Architectural competition 1988
HGTV Modern Masters Episode MAS-210
Texas Country Reporter with Bob Phillips Episode 1227 march 2011
Simpson began his formal art training at age 11 and six years later began studying under Mary Paige Huey, former student of sculptor, Charles Umlauf, at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas. Simpson obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Southwest Texas State University(Now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, in 1996.
Prior to opening his own studio in South East Austin, Simpson had the good fortune of working under the direction of Bob Ragan and his talented crew at Texas Carved Stone in Florence, Texas. In 2001, he became a professional member of the Stone Carvers Guild and has since served 2 terms as it’s treasurer, became a board member, and was then eventually elected president by the guild in which he served out his term until Sept 2016.
Owned and operated by artist Stuart Simpson since 1997, Austin Stone Carving is known for its ability to create original eclectic designs, time-honored traditional sculptures, and everything in between. website: www.AustinStoneCarving.com
Stuart, his wife Leslie, and their two young boys Finley 9 and Miles 7 currently live in Cedar Park, Tx.
Matthew has been carving stone since 1991 with a focus on architectural ornamentation, rooted in the classical design tradition, but with a playful eye toward the new and unexpected. He has recieved awards from the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, The Austin Preservation Society and Texas Preservation.
Bartlett Stone Carving- website www.bartlettstone.com