A scrap slab from the wide fork of a walnut tree allowed me to explore the long, curly hair of an imaginary Venus.
Buried for 50 years in a Butternut, white walnut, tree, I just had to help this old spirit out. He sat around in a discarded slab of wood in my shop for years until one day he spoke to me the way spirits speak to artists. I carefully cut off the excess wood holding him in place. Once out, I helped him gain his color back with some oil and wax.
These are old carvings that represent some of my earlier work. I moved from power tools to hand tools in the process of learning.
Taken from a children's book about a little white girl and a black girl that became friends meeting on a neutral fence between the two families, the image was striking. It was a challenge for me to carve the braided hair.
Taken from the cover of a local magazine, the model for this image is a Park Ranger at Shiloh National Cemetery.
Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, also know as Minnie Pearl, was from my hometown of Centerville, TN. Minnie's colorful character was derived from the personalities of some of our "country people." 'Plelia's character was equally interesting, but she was a very well-educated and cultured person who left an amazing mark on comedy, country music, the Grand Ole Opry, and the hometown people who knew her well.
The information below is taken from http://www.quanahparker.org/
Sharp of mind and an intrepid warrior, Quanah emerged as a vigorous and enlightened protector of Comanche interests.