DAN SALAND. ARTIST.
Dan Saland was born in the fall of 1976 in Easton, Pennsylvania and raised in Northern NJ. He has been creating various forms of art throughout his life and since 2012, his passion has been stone sculpture. He has studied under master sculptor, Michael Sacham.
A licensed psychologist by profession, Dan specializes in working with adolescents and families (www.drsaland.com). As an existential-humanistic therapist, he finds parallels between psychology and sculpting stone. Handling a medium that is millions of years old, Dan’s approach is one of patience and humility. Relating authentically with each stone, the experience of sculpting is just as paramount, if not more so, than the end result. Similar to the human psyche, sculpting is a relational process of formation, development, and becoming. Dan also finds carving stone quite cathartic as the sculptural challenge leads to deep self-reflection and change.
Stone sculpture is the oldest known form of representational art, over 800,000 years old. Not using any power tools and sticking with hammers, chisels and other hand tools, Dan appreciates the natural process that connects him to such an immense history of craftsmanship. He especially enjoys sharing his art and talking about the multiphasic practice.