When Dr. John Finkenberg isn’t performing spine surgery at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, he spends his time on another fine art: sculpting.
It’s an avocation inspired by his days at UCLA, when he would sneak over to the art side of campus for a science break and have lunch with his future wife. "At UCLA, they have a bunch of sculpture gardens that are gorgeous,” he says. "So we’d eat and then wander and look at them.”
Finkenberg has completed 10 bronze sculptures since teaching himself to sculpt 15 years ago. Two of the pieces, which are modeled on his hands during surgery, are displayed at his alma maters, UCLA and Johns Hopkins.
"In science and more in medicine, you try to do everything exactly by the book. An artist is not that way at all,” he shares. "It’s an interpretation.” - By Christine Pasalo, San Diego Magazine
From "Sculpting bronze with surgeon hands" in
San Diego Magazine (October 2011)