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My love of nature and the outdoors started early in life and led me to pursue a career in wildlife biology. I am an avid birdwatcher and spend much of my free time observing birds and other wildlife. I have also participated in research studying wintering waterfowl in Kentucky, breeding waterfowl on the prairie pothole region of North Dakota, snakes in western Kentucky and bats throughout the southeast.

I carve for the simple enjoyment of it and my artwork evolves out of my love of observing birds in the wild. I love taking a chunk of wood or cork, visualizing the bird within it, and then releasing it from the block. In addition to decoys I also do theme pieces and enjoy these as they allow me to be more creative. Attitudes, postures, sculpture themes and realistic bases are created by drawing upon my first-hand observations. As a biologist I always create pieces with the correct habitat, foods,…

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  • Male
  • Born on January 19
  • Joined January 5, 2009

Favorite materials

Basswood, pine, cedar, high density decoy cork, Stretched canvas over wire, Jansens Traditions acrylic paints, recycled materials when possible

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About

My love of nature and the outdoors started early in life and led me to pursue a career in wildlife biology. I am an avid birdwatcher and spend much of my free time observing birds and other wildlife. I have also participated in research studying wintering waterfowl in Kentucky, breeding waterfowl on the prairie pothole region of North Dakota, snakes in western Kentucky and bats throughout the southeast.

I carve for the simple enjoyment of it and my artwork evolves out of my love of observing birds in the wild. I love taking a chunk of wood or cork, visualizing the bird within it, and then releasing it from the block. In addition to decoys I also do theme pieces and enjoy these as they allow me to be more creative. Attitudes, postures, sculpture themes and realistic bases are created by drawing upon my first-hand observations. As a biologist I always create pieces with the correct habitat, foods, behavior, and actions. In a way, my works show that art and science are not separate, but closely intertwined.

Many of my carvings are based on traditional decoys used for hunting waterfowl and, in the past, hunting shorebirds. The waterfowl decoys I create are mainly from two traditional types –cork and stretched canvas over wire. Although the decoy types are traditional, I utilize a mix of traditional and modern materials, incorporating recycled items whenever possible. I use hand tools for carving and utilize rasps of varying types more than a carving knife. Painting techniques are also traditional - combing, ragging, and stippling - but are achieved using the modern medium of acrylic paints. Most recently I have expanded my art to include pictures painted with watercolors or a mix of watercolors and acrylics.

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