"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
- EMILY DICKINSON
stands out for you – that has caught your attention, ignited
your imagination? For me, it has been a fascination with North
American raptors – the eagles, falcons, hawks, ospreys and owls
known for their speed, their agility and their power. For you it
may be another category altogether – songbirds, shorebirds,
woodpeckers – there are almost 10,000 species of birds in the
world, each uniquely adapted to a purpose. |
Many hours are spent creating these pieces – a thousand or more for larger birds. It starts with extensive research, in the field and in the library, to determine the exact dimensions and infinite details of each species. Along with this, it is important to understand the life of each bird; its behaviors, its habitat, and the changes that occur to the bird from season to season. After becoming an expert on that species, the actual carving process takes place using the finest quality Tupulo wood available. When the carving stage has been completed, the process of creating details such as barbs and feathers takes place, using a burning pen. Then, meticulous painting brings the bird to life. The real artistry begins where nature leaves off. The challenge is not just to capture the bird in exquisite detail – to exactly mimic nature – but instead to deepen nature’s beauty and mystery.
Each piece I create is truly a work of love. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than sculpting one bird at a time for one person at a time for someone who will feel the deep emotion for this art-form that I do – that elusive quality that can never be fully explained.
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