Mr. Casanova is a native
of his greatly lamented New Orleans, LA. Born in the Touro Infirmary of
Jazz Era fame, in 1940, he was reared mainly to the north across Lake
Pontchartrain, in Bogalusa, LA, a city notable mainly for high school football,
papermills and Civil Rights Era confrontations.
During his college days he was a member
of the Catholic religious order, the Jesuits, leaving Spring Hill College of Mobile
in 1965 with an AB, magna cum laude, in classical studies and mathematics.
Out of college, he worked as a programmer at Boeing Aerospace on
the Apollo Project Saturn V launch vehicle in Michoud and Slidell, taking time
out for active duty in the US Naval Air Reserves as an air crewman.
From Boeing, Butch moved to IBM, passing
through a number of technical, sales and marketing management positions over 28
years, finishing as a member of the Corporate Marketing & Services Staff at
IBM HQ, and the headquarters of IBM Japan in Tokyo.
In 1993 after three
years in Tokyo, Butch executed early retirement, going as an independent consultant
to IBM China in Beijing, as the violence at Tiananmen Square had abated.
There he helped reopen IBM China, crafting joint ventures between IBM China
and the spin‑off companies of the PRC Ministry of Electronic Industries.
After his five years in Asia, he returned
to the United States, locating in Lakeway TX in 1995, to operate a business development
consultancy in the Internet arena until 2002. By then he finally felt free to move to a more
From his earliest days,
he'd held an abiding interest in doing sculpture.
This had been greatly stimulated by his college classics studies in the
Later casting of some of his work from
those college days in bronze had only further confirmed his need and determination
to some day do more.
But the exigencies of family and business had held
that interest largely latent until he settled in Wimberley.
With the indulgent support of his wife Lisette and the long distance cheerings-on
of his daughter, Rebecca, he built a custom studio once the tremors of 9/11/01
had subsided a bit, and in the ensuing months, began work on his earliest interest,
bas-relief and freestanding sculpture.
too small to contain his production process, Butch relocated with Lisette to Canyon
Lake, Tx, where he has a much larger facility, facilitating a cleaner, more systematic
His energies recently focused on perfecting
a process allowing for fabrication of serial editions of sculptures, distinguished
one from another by their individual polychrome surfaces.
He has worked in wax and plaster originals
to be captured in silicone and polyurethane rubber molds.
These latter he's used to cast polyurethane plastic pieces suitable for
polychrome treatment with airbrush and traditional brushwork. If a theme is attractive enough, it is easily
adapted to casting in bronze with the full range of figuring and patination available
Most recently, he's begun using painting
software (Corel Painter) to prepare images that may then be printed in
controlled, limited editions, using the advanced glicée printing systems
This allows him to capitalize on his long conversance
with computing and image processing, in the production of complex imagery not
attainable in any other process.
Butch's subject matter is rooted in the
South of his early years, his formation in the classics, and his wider experiences
as an adult in corporate America, Europe and Asia. He and Lisette have much time to make up. He
acknowledges the harsh reality of Ars longa, vita brevis--except when it is in collision with Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!