Southern California native Casey Parlette spent his youth in the hills, in the water and among the local wildlife. Inspired by what he saw around him, he began sculpting at a young age.
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology, Casey was recruited to work as a commercial diver. He eventually pursued a career in ocean lifeguarding, breaks from which have seen him operating underwater cameras in exotic seas on behalf of FOX Sports and adventuring into remote areas of the world. For eight months Casey lived in the Peruvian Amazon where he discovered a previously unknown species of fish, which has been officially classified as Rivulus parlettei. A naturalist at heart and in practice, Casey’s adventures and studies have both engendered and influenced his sculpture art.
Many times it’ll be something that looks weathered and misshapen on the surface, but has an inner beauty that’s striking. It takes practice to bring that out.