Woodcarving

The woodcarvings, I call them “portraits in wood,” are relief carvings, which are pictures carved into a flat piece of wood. The portraits are carved with hand tools…chisels, gouges and mallet, taking fifty to one hundred hours to complete. Each portrait is a celebration of the details, color and energy of the subject. The inside of a red pepper, the color of turkey feathers, or the new swan babies in the local pond send me rushing to my studio to capture the moment in wood and paint. I pencil a freehand enlargement of the subject on the raw wood. Then I chisel and gouge away what is NOT pepper or swan or turkey. The finished carving is painted with acrylics.

Commissions are accepted and have included a treasured pet, a grand-daughter, sailboat, navigational buoys, a frog in a policeman’s uniform, a moose and many more.

All portraits are equipped with wire for hanging on the wall. They are about as heavy as a large mirror and can hang anywhere a painting could hang with two heavy duty hooks. Sizes range from 18” to 20” wide by 36” to 48” tall.

Prices start at $600.

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animals

Blue Crab for Elizabeth and Snowden, 17

Blue Crab for Elizabeth
and Snowden
17"x24"
SOLD


Cowfish, really, 31

Cowfish, really
31"x12"
$475


Frog Cop (from George to Jim), 20

Frog Cop
(from George to Jim)
20"x32"
SOLD




Run Herring Run, 29

Run Herring Run
29"x48"
$1600


Jenney Pond, the Dad, 20

Jenney Pond, the Dad
20"x37"
$750


Jenney Pond, the Kids, 62

Jenney Pond, the Kids
62"x15"
$900




Lion, 23

Lion
23"x36"
$750


Lion’s Den (stolen from front of Kennebunk cottage! Please give it back), 36

Lion’s Den
(stolen from front of Kennebunk cottage!
Please give it back)
36"x35"
SOLD


Moose for Ted the Oil Burner Man, 18

Moose for Ted
the Oil Burner Man
18"x30"
SOLD




Pig, 22

Pig
22"x43"
SOLD


Pig in Puddle, 18

Pig in Puddle
18"x22"
SOLD


Red-eyed Tree Frog, 18

Red-eyed Tree Frog
18"x31"
SOLD




Salmon, 34

Salmon
34"x18"
SOLD


Squirrel, for George’s Wife, 18

Squirrel, for George’s Wife
18"x23"
SOLD


Wild Turkey, 20

Wild Turkey
20"x34"
Donated to Plimoth Plantation




Flamingo, 18

Flamingo
18"x34"
$575



miscellaneous

Cacti Diptych, 36

Cacti Diptych
36"x32"
SOLD


Coral Reef!, 18

Coral Reef!
18"x32"
SOLD


Follow the Grain, 21

Follow the Grain
21"x25"
SOLD




The Orchid Ginny Gave Me, 18

The Orchid Ginny Gave Me
18"x25"
$595


people

Emily and Frodo, 22

Emily and Frodo
22"x31"
NFS


Madeleine, photo

Madeleine, photo


Madeleine, 17

Madeleine
17"x22"
SOLD




Marion, 20

Marion
20"x29"
SOLD



places

Eat Your Heart Out!, 26

Eat Your Heart Out!
26"x24"
NFS


Kiss the Can (for Marty and Gail), 18

Kiss the Can
(for Marty and Gail)
18"x32"
SOLD


Jake's Bait, Plymouth Wharf, 25

Jake's Bait
Plymouth Wharf
25"x39"
SOLD




Lobster Pound, 17

Lobster Pound
17"x32"
SOLD


Buoy Room! (for Marty and Gail), 18

Buoy Room!
(for Marty and Gail)
18"x32"
SOLD


Rhodes 19 (for John), 20

Rhodes 19
(for John)
20"x36"
SOLD



vegetables

Baby Bok Choi and the Habaneros, 18

Baby Bok Choi and
the Habaneros
18"x33"
$675


Cabbages, 19

Cabbages
19"x33"
SOLD


Eh, What's Up Doc?, 18

Eh, What's Up Doc?
18"x34"
$600




Fennel, 17

Fennel
17"x28"
SOLD


Portrait in Pepper, 18

Portrait in Pepper
18"x60"
SOLD


Red Pepper, 36

Red Pepper
36"x18"
NFS