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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|The son of a cabinet-maker, Greg Woodard grew up around wood.
After high school, he worked as a switchman for the Santa Fe Railroad
and carved birds in his spare time. After 10 years, he was laid off
from the railroad and became a full time wood carver. |
Working with tupelo gum, he fashions birds to appear as though they are
about to take flight. He is especially fond of wood from the
tupelo tree, which grows in bayous in the South. The strong dense
lumber is ideal for carving details like claws and toenails. He designs
the base first and then carves the bird to go with it. He works
primarily on commission.
|Biography from Altamira Fine Art:|
|Greg Woodard is a sculptor with bronze and wood and currently resides
in Brigham City, Utah. Growing up in Prescott, Arizona, Woodard
took only a few art classes in high school and is largely
self-taught. While attending a local carving club, he was
persuaded by artist Lance Turner to enter his decoy into a Sacramento
carving show. As a result, his career blossomed. |
He later entered shows around the country, including the Ward World
Competition in Ocean City, MD, recognized as one of the more
prestigious bird carving competitions in the world.
Experimentation, artistic growth, and new experiences have always been instrumental factors in advancing his art.
has been a consistent strong voice for the importance of proper
reference and total familiarity with one’s subject. Absolute
confidence in one’s reference implies knowledge of the subject or bird
from all angles, attained by acquiring measurements, studying live
birds as well as skins, and researching photographs of the subject.
Understanding the environment, habits, and characteristics of the bird
is also crucial.
A master falconer, he devotes a great deal of
time to his raptors and carries his love and knowledge of these
powerful birds into his work. In decorative life-size wood
sculpture, he is a five-time Best of Show winner at the Ward World
Competition and the 1992 World Class winner with a preening American
In 2000, Greg Woodard also captured the World category in interpretive
sculpture with a rendition of a prairie falcon chasing several
swallows. To date, he is the only artist to have won both
decorative and interpretive categories at the world level. He has
won numerous awards at other shows and has participated in traveling
exhibitions as well as the Leigh Yawkey “Birds in Art” display several
years including 2005 with a life size snowy owl bronze sculpture.
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