I have been
creating wildlife sculpture in one form or another for over 30 years.
At around twelve years old, I taught myself how to do taxidermy.
That, along with an insatiable desire to learn about wildlife, I
drove my family crazy with pets ranging from raccoons to rattlesnakes
and the occasional unmentionable lump in the freezer in the basement.
I started my
professional career at the Schiele Museum of Natural History as
an assistant curator. I quickly grew tired of making leaves for
dioramas and retired at the age of 20. I was intent on becoming
a sculptor, so, I started sculpting mannequins for the taxidermy
industry. Over the course of twenty years, I sculpted approximately
300 animal mannequins ranging from deer mice to Cape buffalo. As
a sculptor, it was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity
to study animals around the world in the wild, then, come home and
sculpt life-size anatomical portraits.
years I had to try my hands at bronze. I really wanted to sculpt
hair and feathers. The understanding of anatomy and motion I learned
through my taxidermy sculpture is essential to my work.
I am a lifetime
resident of North Carolina. My studio and gallery are located in
historic downtown Albemarle near the Uwharrie National Forest.