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Completed Carvings and Commissions Artist Thoughts

"As sculptors, we must strive to be story tellers, and I've chosen to tell big stories and communicate the beauty and majesty of birds in their environment. For me, nothing says 'supremacy' like a great eagle clutching a jagged branch or rocky cliff as it defiantly stares you down—or a peregrine falcon snatching at a green-winged teal in mid-flight."

"As an artist, you must strive for honesty in spinning a nonverbal narrative about your subject. Devote yourself to understanding the physical nature and unique characteristics of each bird species you carve. Decide what you want to say about your chosen subject and what movement you want to show in a static sculpture. For the overall compostion, try to achieve balance and harmony, and tell about the mood, attitude and direction your bird is heading."

"Who knows why so many birds have evolved such dazzling and complex wardrobes? As artists, it's our job to try to creatively recreate this visual traffic jam of colors, shapes, and textures with a few basic tools and paint. I sincerely believe it is your skill as a painter that determines a successful outcome. Having judged countless carving competitions around the country during the past 30 years, I've seen some beautifully carved birds ruined by poor paint jobs. On the other hand, I've seen some mediocre carvings brought to life by virtue of great painting."

Floyd Scholz