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I named this the Dancing Praying Mantis because I was entranced by the beautiful swaying motions of this beautiful insect as it was negotiating its way into my home. It almost seemed to know it was being watched  and I put out my hand to assist it up the step.


My help was accepted and it walked up the outside of my shirt sleeve. The Mantis settled on my shoulder where it would remain for the next half hour. Occasionally a foreleg would lift to feel my neck. I drew its visit to a conclusion by guiding it off my shoulder onto a shrub in my garden where it belonged. A delightful and much appreciated visitor. What a magnificent treat nature provides when it is accepted.

The Frame is  7" x 7" square stained Hardwood. Round opening is 5" dia. Artwork is covered with a Clear Domed glass lens.

Giving rise to an idea for a carving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re an Author, a Painter or any other creative pursuit a project has to begin with an idea! How does an artist generate an idea for a carving subject? Almost all of my inspiration comes from the natural world and I am equally delighted by all creatures, large or small. A small Hummingbird is incredibly beautiful as is North America’s largest deer, the Moose. The fragility of a small Butterfly must convey that delicate fragility in the carving in addition to the startling beauty of its design. The power and size of the Moose must also be expressed. The final piece may take days or weeks to complete and once completed, the wood must be sealed with a durable finish and left to cure in preparation for casting a mold. The sealing and painting process must not lose or diminish any of the fine details of the hand-carved original. 

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