Gliding In My goal is to capture the essence of the species and present it in an appealing recreation of its natural environment. With the number of species and diversities in our natural world, you quickly realize that we do not have enough lifetimes to explore everything that we would like to.

Ray has shown his work locally in a number of venues and has travelled to Ocean City, Maryland, to view and also participate at their Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Show. As Ray describes his successes at this show; "Over the years I have competed at the intermediate and more recently advanced levels and won numerous first, seconds, thirds and honorable mentions at that show for fish and wildfowl. I have also received the William Schultz Memorial Award for the best intermediate waterfowl carving."

In response to a question of how long he has been carving Ray gave us some insight as to what has been driving his art; "I have been carving, as a hobby, for about 25 years. In my earlier days of carving I was driven more to compete but family and career commitments did not always allow the time needed to create a piece for competition. Over the years competition has become less important to me. For many years, Elaine and I have gone to the Ward show simply to enjoy the show, the ocean and the seafood and I have not competed." Without doubt, Ray enjoys creating and having others share with him his enthusiasm for his carvings.

While his work speaks for itself in quality and detail, Ray shares many stories of how he researches the potential carving to ensure he accurately represents its features. The base setting is almost as important to Ray as the subject and you will find Ray has a talent in matching the subject to an artistic display. You will find carved wooden rocks in the streambed of a fish carving, wooden petals on a flower acting as a perch for a bird and all painted with representative accuracy.

 

I was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, retired from the telecommunications manufacturing industry. I currently reside in Brockville with my wife Elaine.

With a love of nature, being an avid fisherman, and having a fondness of working with my hands, it seemed natural that I would choose carving North American birds and game-fish as an art form of expression. My presentations are highly detailed and realistic. As each project presents a new learning experience, either relative to the subject, it’s environment or techniques needed to create the piece; the art form continues to stay challenging and be rewarding.  

Mediums of choice include tupelo gum wood (from the Southern U.S.), and basswood, to a much lesser degree; finished with acrylic and oil paint.
 
Relief carved tagua nuts (known as vegetable ivory) in somewhat of a scrimshaw style is another media that I enjoy working in. Soapstone; another interesting medium that I am starting to explore.