Artisans - Trevor Baum, Wood Artist
I have always been fascinated by nature, and
spent a lot of time hiking and fishing in the Rocky Mountains around
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Like many people as time went on my job and the
pressures of life consumed most of my time, after attending a Christmas
craft fair in Calgary I walked away from a table of carved fish, and
although I have never ever attempted to create anything in my life I knew
that I could make these realistic fish. I studied books and soon I was
creating fish of my own. Fish have always been a passion for me and I
feel my way through my carvings, knowing when I hold the fish where I
need to take away wood and where the fish is just right. All of my
painted fish are carved in Basswood and then airbrushed and hand painted in
acrylics to be as realistic as possible.
My wife and I decided to make a huge shift in our lifestyle and moved
to Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada where I took a job in a fish store
to further enhance my knowledge of fish anatomy. Another move is in the
works as we will be moving to Victoria, B.C. where my carving career
will continue to evolve. I have started to experiment using hardwoods to
carve fish allowing for a more stylized version of my carvings. Living
in the Pacific Northwest my attention will now be focused on the wild
salmon of the area and hope to have a few of those completed shortly.
I see beauty everywhere these days and my hope is to create a little
bit of it as well.
My work is part passion part wood and paint. My goal
is to create life and emotion out of wood, I must feel emotion in my
carvings or I will not be happy with the finished product. I knew I was
making progress as an artist when a co-worker saw a picture of one of my
carvings and asked how I kept it from smelling I explained it was
preserved with varnish he said how does that keep it from rotting, he
didn\'t realize it was made with wood. I learn somethig with each carving
and each one brings me joy to create.
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