I tried something different here. I was trying for something a little more impressionistic or “outsider”. It was fun to work on this. I chose the background piece of mahogany for it’s wavy grain, to give the impression of water. Then carved wavy lines to help reinforce that. The form of the trout turned out quite realistic, though that was unintended. I painted some of the spots and then used tacks with the heads painted to give another level of spots. The copper eye gives it life. I like it!
Trout Relief Carving
About the author
Craig is technically an outsider artist, having no schooling or apprentice training in the arts. His background is in building and remodeling, but always with an artistic approach. This history lends itself to creating art which is also functional. Many of the tables, kitchens and beds he has made are clever and beautiful combinations of the natural edge and graining with specific functionality. He specializes in creating for those who have a specific corner or room in the house which needs attention. Also, he has been making handmade coffins, urns and memorials since the 80's. People often get their coffins ahead of time and store them. Familiar with the laws of Michigan, Craig is able to design and execute anything people want, however, creative or simple.