2019 FIRST PLACE WIN AT WORLD
"I was inspired to create this piece after a wonderful fall day in the woods. Later that night, we sat around a campfire listening to three barred owls exchange calls. From those experiences I began to visualize a composition with a barred owl resting atop a sumac “ball of flame"."
Awarded First in Birds of Prey Category/Advanced Division and First in Show/Advanced Division at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championship.
Ocean City, MD. 2019.
A STORM LAKE WOMAN MASTERS THE COMPETITIVE, MALE-DOMINATED ART OF WILDFOWL CARVING
Jennifer Felton has hunted pheasants, ventured within yards of grizzly bears in Alaska, and cleared land to build an off-the-grid cabin with her husband, Todd, in the remote Iowa countryside.
"This is how I roll," she says.
Just as deeply-seated in realism as the carvings, drawings are an equal passion. No medium captures the ebb and flow of the texture of fur like drawing.
Whether the medium is graphite or charcoal, the cascading or radiating textures are unique to each subject.
The timeless, minimalist compositions place the focus on the detail and fit with any home interior.
The eyes are the windows to emotion and attitude. The multiple reflections, the depth and the shapes are carefully planned.
The materials used are the highest grade. From the archival, acid-free paper to the graphite or charcoal. Each piece is protected with a non-yellowing, high-grade final fixative.
When I get a request to create a custom piece, my goal is to exceed expectations. The custom experience includes:
an original drawing of the composition for approval
a carving with the same level of detail as a competition piece
progress updates via email
a limited-edition, leather bound book containing progress photos specific to their piece, inscribed and signed