About the Artist
My interest in birds began at an early age, around six or seven at my best guess. I grew up in Iowa, somewhat close to the Minnesota border. We had a pond on our farm, roughly a couple acres, I spent much of my free time hanging out there, just watching and sketching the birds. I could recognize and identify every bird I seen around this time. I began taxidermy in 1983, at age twelve. I studied through a correspondence course supplied by the Northwestern School of Taxidermy in Omaha Nebraska. I did all birds, animals and fish into the early 90’s. I refined my skills to only birds shortly after this time.
I have degrees in the fine arts and graphic design. I am an avid photographer and continually search for new and unique poses particular to each species. All aspects of bird taxidermy are critical, but anatomy is likely the number one key factor. All birds have their own specific characteristics, attitudes and poses. The form under the skin has to be anatomically correct, sometimes over exaggerated and sometimes under exaggerated, the artist has to know which at the time of creation. I have mounted hundreds and hundreds of most species of birds, I still use reference for all birds, because each piece is a new creation, I don’t believe in assembly line artwork. Each piece is unique. The engineering and structuring of the anatomy has to be a precise and solid foundation, especially when the item will be shipped or transported for long distances.
I’ve worked for several graphic design firms over the years as well as a few higher end taxidermy companies. I incorporate all of my skills into this trade. I’m, by nature, very detail oriented, which comes in handy when recreating works of art with our feathered friends. I continually search for new and or better methods to produce better pieces, not just for an edge over competition, but to keep things new and fresh. I gladly work with people thru out the process of creating your project. Your photos, photos from the web etc, are all suggested. This is your trophy, I want it to be as close to your expectations as possible.
I am currently working on several different species of recreated birds. I won’t list them all now, but the eagles will be first. Many of them don’t have parts readily available, so I have sculpted heads, feet, wings, and bodies for most of these and made molds and cast them. It is relatively, a long process. As they become available, I will be posting them. Check them out in my gallery, under recreations.