37 x 8 x 8 inCalacatta Marble, Gold Leaf, Calacatta Base$14,000Claire McArdle is an internationally recognized sculptor. After earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981, she moved to Italy in 1988 to work with the master carvers in Carrara. She continues to travel to Italy to quarry and rough out her works in marble and travertine. McArdle's style has been influenced by classical figures and the soul that speaks within tribal art, but her figures emerge from her own personal mythology and archetypes. Her energy for exploring these mysteries and an insatiable passion for working stone, clay, and bronze, combine to create forms with harmonious balance and an ethereal quality. Chiara Blanco is carved from Italian calacatta marble, and decorated with Italian 24 karat gold leaf.