Michael S. Foley is a mechanical engineer, a singer/songwriter, a woodworker, but most of all, a sculptor of stone. His work includes smaller decorative indoor pieces, function stone items and commissioned architectural carving and lettering.
Abstracts and nautical themes make up the larger portion of his work, which can be viewed at his home gallery in West Gloucester, Massachusetts, and at other public galleries and art associations.
Mr. Foley is somewhat unique in his choices of stone materials, which include quarried granites and marbles from many worldwide sources, but he also works with Cape Ann bedrock granite, basalt, diorite, porphyry and many others. The Cape Ann geology is largely terminal moraine, and features boulders deposited by the ice age melt-down, and these boulders transported from the North and West are made up of many types of igneous stones. In addition, many other boulders were transported from Europe and the Carribean to Cape Ann as ballast stones aboard sailing ships in days gone by. You will find these unusual stones incorporated into many of his designs.