The simplicity of line and strong form are evident in Jimmy Pitaloosie’s work and reflects his love of stone as well as the wildlife and bird life of the North Eastern Arctic. He takes care to create a flow within the stone, keeping in mind not only the inherent beauty of the piece he has chosen to work with, but also the final creature he wishes to carve. Each piece of stone has its own message. Jimmy chooses to seek that inner form.
The serpentine is quarried on Baffin Island. Cape Dorset serpentine ranges in color from light yellow-green to black. Although a hard stone, in skilled hands the serpentine offers the opportunity to achieve flowing forms, lines bold and delicate, as well as glistening, elegant finishes.