Lonny Etzel creates realism stone sculptures in his very own unique style. The result is a breathtaking one-of-a-kind masterpiece that gives new meaning to the phrase
"Set In Stone".
Lonny Etzel grew up in California's Santa Ynez Valley, spending most of his time running wild outdoors. He was always fascinated with the Indian culture that preceded us, by finding arrowheads and seeing petroglyphs on stones.
Lonny attended Santa Barbara City College and the University of California, and truly enjoyed his education, for it was here his passion for sculpting arose. He loves traveling, listening to people talk, and learning about cultures and history.
He has traveled to Alaska, Australia, Sweden and Italy and has spent two months wandering Israel and Egypt.
It is the realism that makes his sculptures unique. He brings forth the character of the stone with his impeccable eye for detail. What is so amazing with Lonny's sculptures is that often time people mistake his work as separate pieces fastened together or placed on top or beside one another. In actuality, Lonny sculpts from a single piece of marble or stone. Through sculpture he hopes to create lasting awareness of cultures, species and environments and hopes to use art to change our world to a better place.
In 2007, Lonny finished a commission of a stone sculpture in Aguora Hills, Los Angeles, based on the California Chumash Native California Legend - "The Sparks Of The Sun". The sun carries a torch of tightly rolled bark to light the world. After the sun's daily journey across the sky, he snaps his torch to throw sparks which are the stars.
"The Native American culture is founded on a great love and respect for our environment and each other. Sharing those same values, I wanted to pay tribute to a civilization that has such love but endured such sorrow."