Ben Keyes' Profile
I have been carving birds for only two years, but have watched and drawn birds for most of my life.
I am continually amazed at the diversity of bird life (even in cold New England) and at the beauty and intricacy to be found even in the most 'common' of birds; from how they move and behave, to the contours of their bodies to the details of every feather. This diversity and detail is all to often lost on us unless we are actively looking for it. For example, most people have no idea that there are so many varieties of songbird until they get a bird feeder. Getting a bird feeder seems to be a valuable step in developing ‘eyes to see’ what was there all along. Art can also serve the same purpose by demanding that we stop and look for a moment and see things differently. My hope is that, even in a small way, my bird carvings will cause people to stop and wonder a bit more about birds. Carving them has certainly…
- Joined January 21, 2012