For over 25 years I've been carving wood. It's my canvas. Each piece is a unique challenge. I try to capture a simple object's personality, like a shirt, by giving it life, by giving it character.
By taking a simple block of wood and allowing it to begin to form and shape, while fighting the need to be perfect, is something I aspire to everyday. The process allows the piece to form its own character, by which no two pieces are ever the same.
I was raised with a pencil, brush or tool in my hand. Always on a path to be creative, to work with my hands. At times the path went in different directions, but ultimately landed me where I was supposed to be.
Carving, for me, started with an affinity for duck decoys in the 1980s. Meeting and learning from traditional wood carvers was the foundation I needed. And it grew for there.