I have been woodcarving for over 40 years and am primarily self taught. I began carving at 12. I remember the first carving I made. It was a Scarlet King Snake that I whittled with a pocket knife from a branch I found. I painted it to look very realistic. I was hooked. From there I carved small animals. From age 15-17 I studied with world reknowned woodcarver, Paul McCarthy of Scituate, MA and currently Nantucket. From there I became a more accomplished bird, decoy, and wildlife carver. In my teens I exhibited at Massachusetts Audubon Society, South Shore Science Center, Ducks Unlimited, and other wildlife and art centers around the South Shore and Cape Cod. At 17, I won Woodcraft's Woodcarving competition with the distinction of "Best in Show by Popular Vote," and won my first set of Swiss Made tools. At 18, I was a finalist for New England's Undiscoverd Amateur Woodcarver at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.
I have always been inspired by Nature and her many forms in animals and plants. Through the years my subject matter evolved to include themes of Spirit, religions, Science and art history. In college, I was given the artistic freedom, through many advanced studio courses, of exploring many styles of art and incorporating them into my pieces. Many of my sculptures deal with themes and subjects such as mother and child, angels and Archangels, God, Saints, and Nature. With degrees in Art History and Biology, I enjoy the research process in developing my ideas and concepts. I am inspired by sacred objects created in the name of Spirit or God(s). Table altars are a favorite medium where I can combine carving, painting and various construction techniques. All of my pieces are carved using only hand tools. I work on several pieces at a time as many pieces take months to complete. I like to work with exotics and hardwoods which I typically finish with oils and waxes so the natural beauty and luster of the wood is visible. Recently, I returned to carving in Basswood and Pine which allows me to experiment with paint, gilding, and other finishes.
December 2018 - Feature Artist-in-the-Rotunda, Rockland Memorial Library, 20 Belmont Street, Rockland MA
Duxbury Art Complex Juried Show 2000 ,
Second-Place, Madonna & Child Table Altar, Double Triptych, Cherry,
Yale University Center for the Study of Material & Visual Cultures of Religion
I am very excited to announce that I will be expanding to a larger space for the purpose of woodcarving, sculpture and instruction. I am founding a the Cox Corners Woodcarving School and will offer many ongoing weekly and monthly classes and workshops. Please check out my Woodcarving Instruction page.
Snow Monkeys - Japanese Macaques, Basswood, 6" x 8"