I have been a long term resident of Virginia Beach, having lived in Sandbridge and on Broad Bay for over 40 years. My home site gives me ample opportunity to view the many song birds, water birds and birds of prey that are indigenous to our area.

Bird carving seems to me to be an all inclusive art, combining the three dimensional challenge or creative realism and the pleasure of painting the piece to make is as life-like as possible. I have also had the pleasure of studying this art of realistic bird carving with Mr. Ernie Muhlmatt, a world champion carver/artist.

Over my career I’ve probably done several hundred pieces. About half ended up in a kindling box. But with each failure, you learn something. “Art is usually 10% inspiration, 10% preparation, and 80% perspiration”.

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