Carole A. Richardson-Macklin

My sculpture is Bas-relief sculpture. In this category of bas-relief sculpture there is high relief which is sculpture which you might see jutting out of the sides of buildings and is attached to or a part of the building. It generally is stone or cement.

My wood sculpture is LOW RELIEF, and is created by carving away a part of the background to make the foreground stick up higher. My particular low-relief technique is done for emphasis and visual texture. In all cases, I carve to enhance the foreground. The outdoors is my home. I am a wildlife artist and currently am a member of The Indiana Wildlife Artist, Assoc.

I love animals and know that the preservation of them is primary to the preservation of human life. In my early career, my work centered on printmaking, the medium being woodcut and the subject was primarily people. I experimented early on with wood burning and carving but soon came to love the challenge of reductive and multiple block lino and wood cut. My inspiration was Pablo Picasso.

The Moose Family drawn composition is planned in pencil and the picture is burned. Basically, you are drawing a picture with a pen heated to several hundred degrees. Shading and contrast is achieved by how long the tool is stroked on the wood and how long it is allowed to burn the wood.

Carving is done with various tools, both hand and electric. The technique I use is skip carving, done to create emphasis, movement and visual contrast and texture. The burning and carving has been my primary art medium for the past 15 years. I have created fire place mantels and large planks have become part of log furniture.

Decatur, Indiana


Moose Family - 2016

Moose are solitary animals. However, even though the young one stays with its Mother an extended time after birth, while the male is not present at birth or attached as a family member, I wanted the male to be present in the family as he is a magnificent looking animal with his show of palmate antlers.

Log Landing for Lunch - 2015

Buffalo Looking for Water - 2013

Gina Caught Him on a Tequila Sunrise - 2013

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