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Gerald Andersen

Gerald Andersen

I am a self-taught wood carver who draws his inspiration from American folk art.

I began carving in 1984 when my wife and I decided to collect folk art to compliment our 200 year old home, and soon discovered our checkbook balance did not match our ambitions. I decided to build my own folk art collection by carving it myself, because I was young and thought I could do anything. Using wood scraps and acrylic paints, I began by copying the works of early artists from museum catalogs and collections. However, I soon set out on my own course bringing a contemporary sense of irony and wit to the traditional art form.

The pressures of career, commuting, and child-rearing, however, caused me to hang up my carving tools for the next 30 years. I returned to the woodpile with a vengeance upon my retirement.

My approach is the same as it was 30 years ago: scrap pine glued together, carved and painted with acrylic paint. My subject matter ranges from literature, to sports, to history. I hope you enjoy my work.

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