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About Nedra Denison - Gourd & Woodburning Artist and Author

Nedra Denison is an Award Winning Artist and Author Specializing in Gourd and Woodburning Art - Gourd Art and Pyrography

As a child I had no idea that what was developing in my heart & soul was a passion for art. As a child my favorite pass time was doodling. What started out as simple doodling eventually turned into a passion to learn more. Had it not been for my parents desire to nurture the budding artist in me I never would have discovered my true passion. I can only hope that they can see what their nurturing allowed me to accomplish since their passing.

About the artist Nedra Denison

My name is Nedra (short "e", as in "Ed") Denison and I have been doing Pyrography since 1999, but my interest in art started at a very young age. As a child, my parents saw that I had some artistic talent and they encouraged me to pursue the training I needed to help develop that natural talent.

I began studying art at the age of 11, with my medium being pencil and oil paint. I started taking private lessons and then went on to take evening classes in oil painting with Ken Davies at Paier College of Art in New Haven, CT. I worked mostly on still life and seascapes as a child but that changed as I grew up.

I started traveling as a child with my family and there was always a camera attached to one hand.  Growing up in New England gave me lots of opportunities for photos of fall foliage, lighthouses and my favorite...seascapes. Traveling was in my blood and my parents were convinced there must be gypsy in my book. I left home after high school for college but returned frequently for family visits. When I finished college my career gave me the opportunity to move around the country. Vacations included trips to places such as Italy, Spain, Asia and other places throughout the USA which gave me ample subject matter for my art. I collected photos all along the way and still most of of them.

After moving to New Mexico in the early 80's my art centered around southwestern themes but my medium of choice remained oils. I continued painting until I suffered some personal health challenges due to stress from the job in 1992. I was unable to work and had lost all interest in art. As my mind healed I discovered that my body wasn't. I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and fibromyalgia with chronic fatigue syndrome. What this means is that I suffer from chronic fatigue and pain due to over active nerves that never shut off. Over the years I have learned to pace myself try not to do too much but live in constant pain and just learn to deal with it.

It was many years later after recovering from my "meltdown", that my husband, Alan, a woodcarver, got me interested in woodcarving and I started to rediscover art but found that it had taken a 360o turn and a totally different meaning. My interest in woodburning started while taking a woodcarving class at a Texas Woodcarvers Guild Spring Rally in the mid to late 90's. I was sitting next to a group of people who were woodburning and the smell was irresistible. I became fascinated with the effects created by burning on wood and was determined to learn how to do it. Armed with a new burner and some wood I set out to teach myself the art of pyrography. Little did I know that pyrography would be the therapy needed to get my life back on track and become productive again. Nor did I have any idea that a couple of years later I would be the one teaching at the Texas Woodcarvers Guild Spring Rally.

I use a variety of tools such as a solid point single-temperature, a mini torch and a variable temperature burner including the Razertip dual output and Nibsburner Best of Show. I experimented for a couple of years trying to find just the right technique that would achieve the effects I was looking for and then perfecting it. The technique I finally found worked for me is what I call my "smooth shading (gradient tones) technique" which creates the effect of an old sepia photo. It is a smooth, flowing technique much like a painter does with a brush. Perhaps my background as an oil painter helps me to use my tool much like a paint brush. It is this smooth flowing technique that gives my work a softer, more natural looking work of art. There are no outlines or lines in my work, all the "edges" are created with the shading which is blended just like a painting. Of course I do use other techniques depending on the look I am attempting to achieve.

I enjoy woodburning a variety of subjects but while living in New Mexico, I fell in love with the Native American culture and that love has been captured in my work. As a child, my parents had wanted me to do portraits and although I tried, I was never happy with the results until discovering pyrography. My doctor suggests that it was my life experiences during my healing process that helped me see and feel things differently and helped to make my portraits and other works come alive. One judge in a show described my portraits as "having a sensitivity that is important when doing portraits". 

It is my goal when I do a burning that when you look at them, you can feel the emotion and life in each piece.  It is that "life essence" that grabs your attention and the reason why I have won so many awards for my work in the short time since learning pyrography. Since moving up to the expert level in Pyrography I have continued to win blue ribbons, Best of Division and other awards such as Best of Woodworking, Judges Choice and Best of Show for my Golden Eagle. After achieving the ultimate award I felt it was a good time to retire from competition. I also felt that since most of the judges had no experience with pyrography other than enhancing their carving and had no qualifications to judge the category there really was not any equity in the pyrography judging.

I taught for over 10 years throughout Kansas, Oregon, Texas, Washington and New Mexico at woodcarving rallies, colleges, group classes sponsored by woodcarving clubs and private classes in my studio. My philosophy as a teacher was to provide a hands-on class experience while encouraging each student to express their unique artistic style in their own work. I enjoyed working with students of all levels and always felt so proud when one of my students won ribbons or moved on to teach themselves.

Since retiring from my day job and moving back to New Mexico I decided it was time to retire from teaching so I could get back to my true passion, actually doing my art. After so many years teaching and not enough time being creative I felt it was time to make some changes in my priorities and living with pain 24/7, I thought it was time to slow down a bit rather than trying to push myself and over stress my body. So, I'm back to my studio working on gourds, doing some burning and out in my garden growing my gourds. While I'm still very busy I can pace myself more so I have time for my art, traveling and most of all relaxing a little. Well, I'm trying to learn how to relax!

 

I hope you will take a few minutes to check out my artwork.

My personal side

I have been involved with animals most of my life. While living in Texas and trying to heal from my "meltdown", an angelMax, a golden retriever owned by Nedra Denison was the inspiration behind the formation of Angel Paws is shown here with his friend Jenny. in the form of a Golden Retriever came into my life. I named him Max (after my father) and he was the catalyst that helped give me a purpose in life again. He was an amazing guy who just loved people and it occurred to me that I was not the only person that needed Max in their life and so I decided it was time to share this angel with other people in need.

Max and I traveled to Dallas to be evaluated as a Delta Society certified therapy dog/handler team and we passed with flying colors. Since I had been an Oncology Social Worker for many years, my mother was dealing with a terminal illness and I had recovered from a major melt down, I decided that I wanted to work with people who were also dealing with serious life challenges. So we began volunteering at Hospice (photo on the left is Max and Jennie, his first friend from Hospice). It became clear that Max was a natural and born to be a therapy dog, helping people forget their pain, even if for a brief period of time. That smile on Jennie's face says it all and it was the first smile on her face in a very long time.

It didn't take long for me to realize how much of a need there was in the community for more people to do pet therapy so I traveled to Houston to train to became a licensed evaluator. The following year I went to Washington state to attend training to become a licensed instructor for Delta Society and on my flight home the inspiration for "Angel Paws" pet therapy program was born and I returned home with a new dream. While sitting on the plane I remembered the very first day I was working with Max at a local nursing home and how everyone reacted to this golden angel. He made people smile who had not smiled in years. He brought tears to the eyes of family members watching their loved one respond to his attention and I remember the words of so many people calling Max an angel sent from god. He was "Angel Paws". It brought tears to my eyes thinking about it and by the time the plane landed I had a new purpose in life. When I met Al at the airport I told him that I was going to start a pet therapy program in the community. His response was, I wondered how long it would take for you to realize what you needed to do.

With the help of the volunteer coordinator and director of Hospice, Max and I met with the CEO and Director of Nursing at Providence Hospital to discuss my dream of starting a Pet Therapy program at their facility. Max and I walked into the Administration offices and EVERYONE fell instantly in love with my golden angel. Even the CEO got on the floor to give Max a hug and within 5 minutes of our meeting they had not only agreed to the idea, but had allowed me to develop the entire program working together with the infection control department. Within two months the program started and we were ready to work along with two other teams.

Max was known throughout the state through newspaper and TV stories about this amazing dog who brought smiles to everyone's face. I received phone calls asking for him to visit patients in the hospital and in Hospice care. He was in such demand I couldn't keep up with the demand for him to visit people and I could not over work him so I had to get my other 2 goldens certified as therapy dogs to help with the visits. Unfortunately they were not Max but they did help take some of the pressure of him. After 5 years of hard work Max retired from Pet Therapy and while Providence and Hospice were saddened they understood how much stress therapy dogs endure working in such difficult environments and taking on the pain of those they helped.

Before leaving Waco the "Angel Paws" group had grown to over twelve teams and became a non-profit organization complete with uniforms for the dogs and the handlers. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and one that I will never forget.

When we moved to Washington I was unable to continue doing pet therapy because I was now working full time but I still had a need to be involved in something and since I had been involved in dog rescue for several years I volunteered for the Seattle Pure Bred Dog rescue. At times we fostered dogs in need or helped transport rescues to their new forever homes through our RV network of friends. I was very rewarding although mixed emotions because so many dogs needed our help.

Alan and I are now both retired from the VA and have relocated to New Mexico. We live there with our two dogs. Please check out our personal pages to see photos of our furry kids!

The newest addition to our dog family is Shadow, who recently got certified by Delta Society as a therapy dog which was quite an accomplishment for this dog who less than a year ago had been attacked by animals, was picked up as a stray and then donated to the Colorado Prison program. He went from a shy dog to a very loving and friendly boy who just loves people.

My crowning achievement as an artist

In November, 2005, I underwent major reconstructive surgery on my foot and was recuperating at home for 6 weeks unable to do anything, including burning. So when it came time for the Kitsap carvers wood carving show in Bremerton, WA, I eagerly anticipated attending. 

Nedra and her Golden Eagle burning and Best of Show winner.When I select a project to be exhibited or entered into competition at a wood carving show it is a difficult decision what piece is good enough. The project that I selected to enter was a Golden Eagle bust. This piece was my labor of love and not just another pyrography project. I believe that I was more meticulous than usual with this project because of that love and all my hard work paid off.

I anxiously awaited the judging of Expert level entries and was thrilled when I received a blue ribbon. In Washington ribbons are strictly based on the merit of the project and not arbitrarily just to have a first, second and third place award. Often there are no ribbons given to entries at this level, so to achieve any award it is truly an accomplishment.

My dream didn't stop there, my golden eagle went on to achieve the Best of Division award, the "Judges Choice" award and the ultimate honor of winning "The Best of Show" award. This was a crowning achievement for me both personally and professionally.

My Pyrography Books

Lifelike Pyrography from Photographs book by Nedra Denison.Since I started teaching classes, my students encouraged me to write a book to help people learn my smooth shading (using gradient tones) technique. My first book, "Lifelike Pyrography from Photographs" first published in 2003 is like taking my advanced class on portraits. Because there were several pyrography books already out there with patterns and some very basic techniques, I wanted to do something different that would provide pyrographers with something they really needed and was not available in any other book on the market...more advanced techniques plus methods for pyrographers to create natural, lifelike work from photographs rather than using a line-drawn pattern. The book includes a step-by-step portrait project that teaches all you need to know to create your own beautiful lifelike portraits. 

I also wanted to do the book my way, so when I received offers from two publishers to publish the book, I opted to do it all myself. Unlike commercial publishers who have their books printed in China my book is printed in in the U.S. The printing costs are higher, but it gave me total control over how the book was published and helped the local economy rather than supporting the Chinese economy. It was a lot of work and quite a learning experience but it paid off because the book became so popular that it was revised, edited and is now in it's second printing.

I knew this book was a success when it went into the second printing, but the clincher was when Cheryl Dow contacted me and said that she had bought the book "Lifelike Pyrography from Photographs" and then she started burning human subjects using my smooth shading technique. 

Pyrography 101 book by Nedra Denison.

Since I cut back on teaching when I returned to work and I couldn't clone myself, I decided it was time to go back to the basics with a second book. There still were no new woodburning books that addressed basic woodburning. So many people were still looking for a book that was more than just patterns and had good basic information as well as clear step-by-step instructions. I began working to fill this need.

My second book, published in 2004, "Pyrography 101: A Lesson in Woodburning" was a way to reach people who are new to pyrography and/or struggling to learn to make their burnings more natural and realistic. It's like taking my class without leaving the comfort of your home.  I have included all the basics, from choosing the material, preparation of the wood and lots of references in the back of the book to help you find information on the various burners available and where to find them, pyrography books, resources for supplies and much more. The book has step-by-step projects for beginners to help learn the basics and gain control of shading and one intermediate pattern to help master the shading technique, so there is something for everyone. I learned a lot with the first book and was fortunate to find a wonderful editor to help with this one to make it even better (the editor also helped with the second printing of my first book). Pyrography 101 book by Nedra Denison.I guess it worked because this book became another best seller.

In 2004 I was contacted by two companies to produce patterns for my burnings. I agreed and began work on turning some of my original burnings into patterns. The patterns are have been very popular sellers. I eventually realized that it would be more economical for people to buy the book rather than individual patterns so I compiled all the patterns into one book "Pyrography Patterns". The book contains 14 of my favorite patterns in a coil bound book. 

My latest book published in 2008, "The Art of Pyrography: Taking woodburning to New Limits" covers new and fun things you can do with a woodburner. There is life after basswood and I going to show you all about it!  My latest book covers things not covered in any woodburning book before such as burning on gourds, canvas, leather, gourds, etc. Included are step-by-step The Art of Pyrography by Nedra Denison.projects burning on gourds and maple burl. 

 

I have also included a gallery of burnings done on unique canvas such as paper, tagua nuts, leather, gourds, maple burls and canvas done by many pyrographic artists including me. There is information on each with along with tips for burning on the various materials.

My goal is to give peoples food for thought so they can explore other materials to burn besides just wood. My feeling is it's time to take woodburning to new limits. Its not just woodburning anymore, its pyrography and you can experience the thrill of creating unique one of a kind pyrographic art as well!

Where you can find my books & patterns

My books are available on my website. You can also find my books at many book dealers around the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and other countries. For a partial list please go to the links page.

If your woodcarving store or the vendors at your woodcarving show do not carry my books, ask them to order them for you!

You can also order my books and other supplies at my online store.

About competitions and the judging process

I entered my first competition in 2001 at a show in Tyler, TX with a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull that won a blue ribbon in the novice level. It was the first time in my life I entered any of my art work in a competition so it was a thrill.

For the next 5 years I entered many competitions, advancing to Expert level in 2006 and winning more than 30 1st place ribbons and a variety of other awards.

In March, 2006 at the Kitsap show in Bremerton, WA I achieved the ultimate honors for my burning of a "Golden Eagle" walking away with four ribbons including:  1st place in the Pyrography category at the Expert Level, Best of Division, Judges choice and the ultimate award of BEST OF SHOW. The Judges raved about my work and said it is the best woodburning they have ever seen..."The feathering was perfect, the depth and shadows were perfect. Those eyes just follow you everywhere you go. We could find absolutely nothing wrong with it".

It's been interesting over the years to see the difference in judging criteria in different areas of the country and at different types of shows. Each show seems to have such different criteria, skill levels and categories. Some shows don't even have a division of skill levels thus pitting the novice against the professional...not fair but that's what they do!

One common denominator is that most judges at woodcarving shows don't have any knowledge or experience in pyrography (other than to enhance their carvings with lines) and they have no understanding of the techniques or skill involved in the process. I must admit though that I was impressed with a couple of the judges in WA state who showed an interest in learning more so they could judge fairly. What a radical concept!

The lack of knowledge of judges in Pyrography does not make for fair judging. It's not fair to either the winner or looser because the judges are not basing their decisions on skill or techniques. Granted some people don't care why or how they win just as long as they win. But winning a ribbon is only great if it's for the right reasons, a good woodburning.

Over the years I've seen things such as competitions with no division of skill levels so the novice is competing with the profession and in many shows they are actually competing against their instructor.  I do find it odd that a person who teaches would even consider entering a competition knowing they are competing against their own students but if there's no rules against it I guess they see nothing wrong with it.

My only suggestion to people considering entering their work in competition is to grow a thick skin and not take things personally. 

Happy Burning!

Nedra Denison signature.

Comments I have received about my work

"Nedra. I must tell you this, too......I had the opportunity to take a look at your albums on your site the other day......I was astounded at the quality of work you produce.....those burnings are just gorgeous!  Truly the best I've ever seen, and I'm not blowing smoke. You have a fan here and I continue to look forward to your postings on the forum. I hope your move went well and you were able to get situated in your new home without too much trouble after the horror-show you went through!" Bonnie B, New Hampshire (Woodcarving Illustrated forum)

"The picture you won with, the eagle head... I am pretty particular, and don't throw out compliments lightly, but that is to date the best pyrographed picture I have ever seen. I could go on and on... so I will. I have been involved in art classes and competitions all my life, so I think I have developed an eye for things beyond the picture that most people don't notice. I try to be encouraging in my comments on this site, there is usually something whether it is a texture, composition, theme, idea, or balance of a picture I can compliment on, but I try to keep more critical remarks to myself unless they are solicited. I have been impressed with many of the professional artists. What I want to tell you is that when I say that it is the best picture I have ever seen, I am not comparing you to the novices or even just the good burners on this site, but to all of the pictures I have been a fan of that were created by the best of them. They got nothin' on you Nedra. You deserved and earned the awards you received."  Mel R, Ohio (woodburner.com)

Lynda Eaves who was a nationally known pyrographic artist said of my work: "It is one thing to make a burning look like the photo, and quite another to put the 'breath of life' and personality into it. You don't just copy work, you capture the essence in each portrait"

"Having recently retired from my day job my first project was a golden eagle on a maple burl. I shared this piece with a dear friend who helped me through some very trying times and has watched my work develop through the years as I healed. Her comments regarding this piece was the greatest compliment I could have received from anyone especially since her daughter is also an artist. "Your ability to imbue your work with the life presence of your subject is growing at a remarkable rate. This one is incredibly powerful". Tara Cushing, PhD

Publications with Featured Articles or Art

Newspaper article about Nedra Denison.Valencia County News-Bulletin Newspaper, June, 2010. The article is on the front page of the Caliente section,  pg. 11 and continues on pg. 16. You can also click here for a direct link to the condensed version minus the photos.

Scroll Saw Workshop, Fall 2004 - contributing editor for article titled "woodburning 101"

Carving Magazine, Fall 2006 - featured article by Nedra titled "Pyrography 101"

Valencia County News-Bulletin Newspaper, April, 2008.  (condensed version of the article minus most of the photos).

New Mexico Magazine, September, 2009 - work featured in the Unique Boutique

NM Gourd Society Newsletter - Gourd art featured on front page

Memberships/Affiliations

New Mexico Gourd Society Newsletter, Fall, 2009.

 

  • Owner, of the Yahoo Group, Pyrographic Art
  • National Woodcarver's Association
  • Texas Woodcarver's Guild, Life Member
  • American Gourd Society
  • Arizona Gourd Society
  • California Gourd Society
  • Idaho Gourd Society
  • Kentucky Gourd Society
  • Louisiana Gourd Society
  • New Mexico Gourd Society
  • New York State Gourd Society
  • Texas Gourd Society
  • Washington State Gourd Society
  • Wisconsin Gourd Society

New Mexico Magazine, Sept 2009.

Awards

Below are some of the awards I've received over the years for my gourd and pyrographic art. I no loner compete but it sure was fun watching my work evolve over the years and gaining a thick skin learning not to get upset when I didn't get a blue ribbon.

Santa Fe Steps - 2nd place Lone Star Gourd Festival, 2009.

Gourds

"Warrior Queen Mask"

    2nd Place - Mixed Media (Professional) - Belen Art League Show, Sept, 2011

"Zuni Bears"

    3rd Place - Mixed Media (Professional) - Belen Art League Show, May, 2010

 

"Petroglyph Vase"

    2nd Place - Carved - Lone Star Gourd Festival, Fredericksburg, TX, October, 2009

 

"Santa Fe Steps"

    2nd Place - Southwest Inspired - Lone Star Gourd Festival, Fredericksburg, TX, October, 2009

 

"Small Petroglyph Bowl"

    2nd Place - Gourd/Woodburning (Professional) - Belen Art League Show, Sept, 2008

Warrior Queen Gourd Mask 2nd Place. 
Petroglyph Vase - 2nd Place Lone Star Gourd Festival, 2009.
Enchanting Eyes woodburning 1st Place & Best of Division winner.

Pyrography

"Enchanting Eyes"

    1st Place - Woodcarving/woodburning (Professional) - Belen Art League Show, Sept, 2008

    1st Place - Pyrography (Unrestricted) - Desert Woodcarvers Show, Feb, 2008

    2nd Best of Show (Unrestricted) - Desert Woodcarvers Show, Feb, 2008

    2nd place - Pyrography (open) - Wichita Show, April, 2008

"Mother's Day Rose II"

    2nd Place - Woodcarving/woodburning (Professional) - Belen Art League Show, Sept, 2008

"Bearded Beauties"

    2nd Place - Pyrography - Floral (Expert) - Tri-cities Woodcarvers Show, March, 2007

    2nd Place - Floral (Expert) - Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Nov., 2006

    1st Place - Floral (Expert) - Spokane Woodcarvers Show, Oct, 2006

"El Lobo"

    1st Place - Pyrography - Animal (Expert) - Tri-cities Woodcarvers Show, March, 2007

    1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Nov., 2006

    1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Spokane Woodcarvers Show, Oct, 2006

Enchanting Eyes woodburning 1st Place winner Harvey House Museum.
 
Chief Joseph woodburning 1st place & Best of Division winner.

Chief Joseph portrait

   2nd place - Pyrography (Open) - New Mexico State Fair, September, 2007

   1st Place - Pyrography - Human (Expert) - Tri-cities Woodcarvers Show, March 2007

   Best of Division  (Expert) - Tri-cities Woodcarvers Show, March 2007

    Best of Pyrography - Tri-cities Woodcarvers Show, March 2007

   1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Nov., 2006

   Best of Division - Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Nov., 2006

   1st Place - Native American (Expert) - Spokane Woodcarvers Show, Oct, 2006

    Best of Division - Spokane Woodcarvers Show, Oct, 2006

   1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Quilceda Carvers, April, 2006

    Best of Division - Quilceda Carvers, April, 2006

 "Longing for the Dusty Trail"

    1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Kitsap Carvers, March, 2006

Mothers Day Rose woodburning 2nd place winner.
Mayors Award for one of Nedra's woodburning of "The Lovers".

"Majestic Golden Eagle"

    2nd Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Quilceda Carvers, April, 2006

   1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Kitsap Carvers, March, 2006

   Best of Division - Kitsap Carvers, March, 2006

   Judges Choice - Kitsap Carvers, March, 2006

   BEST OF SHOW - Kitsap Carvers, March, 2006

  1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Northwest Woodcarvers, November, 2005

   Best of Wood Working - Northwest Woodcarvers, November, 2005

"Tender Moments"

    1st Place - Pyrography (Expert) - Spokane Woodcarvers, October, 2005

    Best of Division (Expert)- Spokane Woodcarvers, October, 2005

"Free Spirits"

    2nd Place - Pyrography (Expert) -  Kitsap Carvers, March, 2005

"Rhapsody"

    2nd Place - Floral (Expert) - Kitsap Carvers, March 2005

"Mothers Day Rose II"

    1st Place - Pyrography (Advanced) - Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Nov., 2004

    1st Place - Pyrography (Advanced) - Spokane Woodcarvers, October, 2004

    1st Place - Floral (Advanced) - Quilceda Woodcarvers, September, 2004

"Mel Gibson Portrait"    

    2nd Place - Pyrography (Advanced) - Quilceda Carvers, April, 2005   

    1st Place - Human (Advanced) - Northwest Woodcarvers, November, 2004

    Best of Division (Advanced) - Northwest Woodcarvers, November, 2004

    1st Place - E. Texas Woodcarvers, November, 2003

    1st Place - Oklahoma City Wood Carvers, October, 2003

    2nd Place - Texas Woodcarvers, September, 2003

    1st Place - E. Oklahoma Woodcarvers, July, 2003

  "The Lovers"

    1st Place (Advanced)  - Quilceda Carvers, April, 2005

    Best of Division (Advanced) - Quilceda Carvers, April, 2005

    1st Place - Pyrography - Spokane Woodcarvers, October, 2004

    Best of Division (Advanced) - Spokane Woodcarvers, October, 2004

    1st Place - Pyrography - N. Texas Woodcarvers, March, 2003

    Mayor's Award - N. Texas Woodcarvers, March, 2003

    1st Place - Pyrography - Golden Spread Woodcarvers,  November, 2002

"The Duke Portrait"

    1st Place - Pyrography - Chip 'O Texas Woodcarvers, February, 2003

    3rd Place - Pyrography - E. Texas Woodcarvers, November, 2002

"Indian Maiden and Wolf"

    1st Place (Advanced) - Quilceda Woodcarvers, September, 2004

    Best of Division (Advanced) - Quilceda Woodcarvers, September, 2004

    3rd Place - Rio Grand Valley Woodcarvers, January, 2003

"These Boots"

    1st Place - Texas Woodcarvers Guild, September, 2002

"Eagle Bust"

    1st Place - Animal Pyrography - Northwest Woodcarvers, November, 2004   

    1st Place - N. Texas Woodcarvers, March, 2002   

"Warrior and the Wolf"

    1st Place - Pyrography - Chip 'O Texas Woodcarvers, February, 2002

"Sitting Bull"

    1st Place - E. Texas Woodcarvers, November, 2001

Juried Shows where I have exhibited my work

  • 2009
    • Art from the Vine juried show, Arts Alliance Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Judged Shows that I have entered my work

  • 2010
    • Harvery House Museum, Belen Art League, Belen, NM
  • 2009
    • Harvey House Museum, Belen Art League, Belen, NM
    • Lone Start Gourd Festival, Fredericksburg, TX
  • 2008
    • Harvey House Museum, Belen Art League, Belen, NM
    • Desert Woodcarvers, Mesa, AZ
    • Artistry in Wood, Wichita, KS
  • 2007
    • Kitsap Carvers, Bremerton, WA
    • Tri-cities Woodcarvers, Kennewick, WA
    • Route 66 Art Society, Isleta, NM
  • 2006
    • Ocean Shores Art Society, Ocean Shores, WA
    • Kitsap Carvers, Bremerton, WA
    • Quilceda Woodcarvers Show, Monroe, WA
    • Maryhill Museum Art Show, Goldendale, WA
    • Spokane Woodcarvers, Spokane, WA
    • Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Puyallup, WA
  • 2005
    • Ocean Shores Art Society, Ocean Shores, WA
    • Kitsap Carvers, Bremerton, WA
    • Quilceda Woodcarvers Show, Monroe, WA
    • Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Puyallup, WA
    • Spokane Woodcarvers, Spokane, WA
  • 2004
    • Quilceda Woodcarvers Show, Monroe, WA
    • Spokane Woodcarvers Show, Spokane, WA
    • Northwest Woodcarvers, Puyallup, WA
    • Spokane Woodcarvers, Spokane, WA
  • 2003
    • Rio Grand Valley Woodcarvers Show, McAllen, TX
    • Chip 'O Texas Woodcarvers Show, Harlingen, TX
    • N. Texas Woodcarvers Guild, Grapevine, TX
    • E. Oklahoma Woodcarvers, Tulsa, OK
    • Oklahoma City Woodcarvers Show, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Texas Woodcarvers Guild Spring and Fall Extravaganza, Fredericksburg, TX
    • E. Texas Woodcarvers, Tyler, TX
  • 2002
    • Chip 'O Texas Woodcarvers Show, Harlingen, TX
    • N. Texas Woodcarvers Guild, Grapevine, TX
    • Texas Woodcarvers Guild Spring and Fall Extravaganza, Fredericksburg, TX
    • E. Texas Woodcarvers, Tyler, TX
    • Golden Spread woodcarvers, Amarillo, TX
  • 2001
    • E. Texas Woodcarvers, Tyler, TX