I arrived at carving wood through an affinity for duck decoys. After attending a Duck Decoy Show in the late 1980s, I was invited to the local weekly Wood Carving Group Meeting. There I was given a block of wood, a knife and told to carve a bear. With that, my love affair with carving began.
I moved from ducks and birds to a more realistic subject matter, like hats, shoes and clothing a few years ago. My joy is seeing the engagement with my art. Driving the desire to touch and feel and to test the eyes. To question if it's real or made of wood.
With each piece I learn more about my abilities to create, to solve problems and grow in complexity. Life is a journey and so is my art.
My work can be seen in regional and national art shows from time to time and I've been in galleries. Most of my artwork is driven by custom Commission requests. I will also have some pieces available for sale, from time to time, which are available on my Etsy site.
A carving can take anywhere from 40 to 200+ hours, depending on the complexity of the subject matter. I mainly use Basswood and Tupelo. Both are traditional duck carving woods. I'll use other woods, upon request.
I complete my carvings in various ways; airbrush, acrylics, oils or wood stains. All depends on the final look I'm going for.
I'm in the midst of transitioning out of the corporate business world to focus more on my carvings. My Workshop and Studio are housed in a 100 yr old barn, just blocks away from the historic Downtown McKinney Square. Feels like now is the time to seize the opportunity and see where this journey takes me.