Meet the Artist...
"I was born and raised in North Dakota, but moved away to
find better financial opportunities. But, like the old saying
goes, 'The grass is greener over the fence', it isn't always
true. I moved back to North Dakota in 1987 to live in the Turtle
Mountains. This is an area of woods and lakes that run along the
Canadian border for about 40 miles and has about 2000 lakes, and
I live at one that is called Boundary Lake, because part of it
is in Canada.
I started carving ducks and wildlife when I first came to North
Dakota. I have attended many art and carving shows and have
received numerous Best of Show and blue ribbons. I have attended
the Charlie Russell Art Shows in Great Falls for several years,
wild life art shows in Minneapolis, and many others in the upper
Midwest. I am self taught in both carving and sculpture and
teach both around North Dakota.
I have produced 2 larger than life size statues in bronze. One
of them is in the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, ND. It is
of Leif Eriksson. The other is in Bottineau, ND and is 7 ft. 3
inches tall, of a famous guide and explorer, Pierre Bottineau,
who the city was named after.
I think I get a lot of my inspiration from the beautiful
surroundings I live in. Our area has very much wildlife, such as
deer, moose, grouse, ducks, and the occasional bear and mountain
lion. The winters here are long and quiet, and that is conducive
to uninterrupted hours in the shop. Each duck I carve takes
anywhere from between 2 and 3 hundred hours, so I need a lot of
quiet time to get anything accomplished."