This beautiful wall-mounted sculpture depicts the dichotomy of the male and female feathering patterns. This pair is frequently seen in the birches of the Northeast. The birds and the tree are of tupelo and the branches are of holly, reworked birch and brass. They are life-sized. It is in a private collection.
This delightful full-sized carving depicts the familiar little forest denizen. It is carved from a single piece of tupelo wood, and is painted in oils. The beautiful sculpture is in a private collection.
This rendition of the beauty of the Snow Bunting demonstrates the actual events of bird feathering. The bird sculptures were originally painted as summer plumage in acrylics. In real life, the feathers morph to the winter pattern, largely through wear, not through molting. I needed to morph the feathering to winter with oil paints to achieve the intended pattern. Therefore, this sculpture was an exercise in painting which taught me a lot about mixed media and how to achieve more depth in my painting. One set of primary feathers is done as a separately inserted piece on each bird. The inserts are of holly, and the birds are of tupelo. The base is of manzanita. It stands 6 inches high. It is in a private collection.
This full-sized sculpture depicts this delightful little forest critter where it lives- in the woods. A carved bird feeder might be a more typical sighting. This wooden carving is done in a single piece of tupelo, and painted in oils. It lives in a private home.
Sialia sialis This charming miniature depicts a “teenaged” bluebird brood days before they are on their own. Father is not sure who to feed. The piece is 4 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches high. All pieces are made of tupelo and painted in acrylics. It is in a private collection.
These wonderful winter visitors to the Northeast are seen in flocks at the end of winter. Their plumage differs as to the time of the year and whether they are interested in breeding. This wooden sculpture captures the bird’s optimism after the long winter. Both male (the upper bird) and the female (lower bird) are carved of tupelo. They are indicative of my new dedication to detail. The intricate detail carving lends itself better to oil paints. The branch is brass. The piece stands 9 inches high, and is in a private collection.
This is perhaps the finest example of my intricate detail work yet. This proud little sonsgster is busy belting a song from the protection of the high grass. It is made of tupelo and painted with oils. It is life-sized. It is in a private collection.
This delightful passerine may be seen in the Southwestern U.S. The full-sized carving captures the spunky attitude of this occasional visitor. The bird is of tupelo, the base is lilac, and the piece was painted with oils. It is in a private collection.
This full-sized sculpture captures the beauty of the little passerine. This post shows some of the steps in the painting. The nature of acrylic paint allows the artist to establish depth with the complementary purple color, the tone to be established with yellow and fimal hue to be adjusted with red. The bird is tupelo, the branch and leaves are brass, and the base is mesquite and maple burl. It is in a private collection.
Pheucticus ludovicianus This life-sized sculpture shows the delicate balance of songbirds and nature. The colors of late summer are captured at the leafy edge of the forest. This piece utilizes the “smoothie” technique where no fine detail feather carving is done. All details are accomplished with paint brush alone. The bird is of tupelo, the branch is of brass, steel, and epoxy. Both are painted with acrylics. It was entered in the 2009 Ward World Carving Competition. It is in a private collection.
Poecile atricapilla This latest entry in the chickadee collection is life-sized and captures the softness of the curious little bird. It depicts the uncertainty of its situation as it decides whether to stay or go. The base is native Vermont maple burl and the bird is of tupelo. The grass is made of brass. This piece is in a private collection.
Carduelis tristis This delicate piece captures the fragile nature of life as a small bird as fall approaches and grasses are no longer green. The bird is of tupelo, the grass is steel and the base is maple burl. It is in a private collection.