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Pyrography is the art of burning on a natural surface such as wood, antler, or leather. This unique art form dates back to cave drawings by those prehistoric men and women fascinated by the beauty and mystery of fire. However, it's not so easy that a 'cave man can do it'! It takes meticulous attention to detail and patience to produce a quality piece of artwork.
I love pyrography because the natural canvas of wood or antler blends perfectly with any subject...be it a bull moose...a best friends labrador retreiver... or a log cabin landscape. The resulting creation is a rich seppia impression of art imitating life.
As a pyrographer, I labor over each individual burning so that the essence and true character of the subject is captured. My love of pyrography and wildlife is a natural expression of my appreciation for the natural beauty which surrounds me everyday in Alaska where I live. My art is a therapeutic outlet which allows me the opportunity to express my creativity and pay tribute to the wonderful life that God has blessed me with.
I have no formal art training and am a self-taught artist. When I was in junior high and high school I liked to draw but quit drawing when I left home. About 10 years ago I rediscovered my love of drawing and took up woodburning after I saw someone do it. I thought, 'I can do that...and do it better'. So my pretty wife, Bonnie, bought me a woodburning tool from Wal-mart. It took a while to realize why I was not able to get the detail I desired and upgraded to a better burning instrument. The quality and detail took off immediately! I have been burning for almost 10 years now. My only frustration is when people don't take my work (or pyrography in general) seriously as fine art and group it in the 'craft' category. This is definitely not a craft in my opinion.
I love to hunt and fish in Alaska so I get to see some of the more remote areas away from people. I also have a great job that allows me the opportunity to see Alaska from the air. When I see something that catches my eye, I take a picture. I've included some of my favorite shots in a seperate gallery. I'm not trained in any of this, but I have fun trying to be the best I can.
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