Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the art of pyrography involves creation through fire. Pyrography, from the Greek ‘drawing with fire,’ is achieved by burning images onto a variety of surfaces. Often called woodburning, because wood is the most common surface used, paper, tagua nut, leather, and bone are also conducive to using heat to create this type of art. Images from the natural world are easily born from wood and other organic materials; fur, feathers, and scales can be created using the texture of the burn that engraves the images into the wood, and the warm tones of a lion’s mane or an eagle’s feathers are brought to life in warm sepia tones. This beautiful drawing technique allows you to combine line, colour, and texture to create any image from the natural world or your imagination. Although pyrography has been practiced since ancient times, it became increasingly popular with ladies in the Victorian period for decorating all manner of household objects. Once seen merely as a craft, pyrography is being increasingly recognised as a fine art form.
Although I have no formal training, I have been creating and selling my art for more than ten years. When I was a little girl, I was always inspired by a visit to my grandfather’s workshop, a little red barn in the country. He was a folk artist, and he worked in wood to create animal sculptures and images of life in rural Canada. Recently, I have become interested in pyrography since wood is the perfect canvas for images inspired by the diversity and grandeur of nature and wildlife from Canada and around the world. I use my own photographs of animals as inspiration for pieces that speak to the beauty, majesty, humanity, and souls of all creatures, great and small, that enrich and sustain our world.
All wooden pieces are finished with UV resistant non-yellowing waterbased polyurethane. In order to preserve the work and prevent it from fading, it is recommended to frame it under glass and to keep it out of direct sunlight. Commissioned pieces can be done upon request in a variety of sizes.
Shows and Exhibitions
“Stories” Anniversary Art Show, Art School of Peterborough, June 8–26, 2013
“Peterborough in Portrait,” Community Living Peterborough at the Canadian Canoe Museum,
June 15–22, 2013 (The Hawk- Portrait of Bill Jordan)
Canoe Spirits Paddle on Display at the Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, Ontario, 2012
Honours and Awards
1st Open, in the pyrography category at the Kawartha Carving Competition in Bobcaygeon, ON,
Best of Intermediate and1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the pyrography category at the Kawartha
Carving Competition in Bobcaygeon, ON, Canada, 2012
1st Intermediate, in the pyrography category at the Magic in Wood Competition, Pickering, ON,
1st (monochrome and colour) and 2nd places in the pyrography category at the Canadian
Woodcarving Championship in Hamilton, ON, Canada, 2012
1st and 2nd places in the pyrography category and Best of Intermediate at the Canada's
Capitol Carving Competition, Ottawa, ON, 2011
1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the pyrography category at the Kawartha Carving
Competition in Bobcaygeon, ON, Canada, 2011
See more of my pieces and make purchases on the following sites:
pyrographyonline.com (user: karitasinomnia);
ebay.ca (user: karitasinomnia);