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Greg Tomkins

I grew up in Montreal and relocated to Calgary 25 years ago. My professional career was as a draftsman in the Petrochemical field 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.

I have been carving for over 45 years and first became interested in wood carving in 1967 after being inspired by a carver at Expo 67 in Montreal.  The artist was working on a very detailed family crest and was totally involved in his work paying no attention to spectators crowding around him.  He looked to be completely relaxed and at peace in his own little world.  His tools and his hands seemed to have a mind of their own as they created a masterpiece in front of our eyes.  At that moment I knew that carving was something I wanted to pursue.

I started wood carving a few years later and it has been a large part of my life ever since.  Over the years I have had the opportunity to exchange ideas, skills and experiences with several fellow carvers across Canada from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli in Quebec, to Ontario, Saskatchewan and Vancouver Island.

About twenty years ago I included soap stone as a medium to express my creativity and have enjoyed working with the different stones and their varying textures and colors.  Soap stone is a natural material that has laid untouched for 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 brought out and revealed.  My preferred subject matter are bears.  They are 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 art 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.


Route 22 Gallery is located on the land of the Treaty 7 people. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory and the cultural and oral practices of the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations as well as the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, (Métis Nation District 4) within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. It is a privilege and and an honour to share these lands as our collective home.

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