The general meaning of Folk Art usually refers to those untrained people who produce art works for the sake of creation itself. There is something in them that drives them to create. They are self-taught and many times work in isolation from other artists. They have figured it out on their own or explored enough of the medium to create something unique. While these Folk Artists are not main stream, their efforts have many times influenced those trained artists in their work.
My Pennsylvania Folk Art is conceived and created completely on my own with historical influences from artisans in the past and those contemporary individuals, who are native to this area or close by that have become unique in their styles and techniques. The medium I use is wood carving.
The phrase I like to use is: Folk art is in the eye of the beholder …. and the heart of the collector.
My designs have their foundations in Pennsylvania’s past masters and are also from within my imagination.
Some pieces connect with current trends such as a bird riding a pig (called Uber-Pig) while others are steeped in past traditions like bird trees which were many times created for the celebrations in family lives.
The appeal of this work is in the indescribable features of the uniqueness, authenticity, and the techniques that are handed down from generations of those who have gone on before.