Hugh Laurie


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Pyrography on pine. 9 x 7

Some people have faces that seem destined to be burnt into wood. Such is the case with actor Hugh Laurie, star of the TV series House M.D. His scruffy beard, weathered eyes and piercing gaze come to life set against the Pine surface.

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Han Solo


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Pyrography on Maple. 12 x 12

Like most fellas of my generation, Star Wars has played a big roll in my life. From playing with action figures to writing essays about Yoda, George Lucas’ opus has been influential to say the least. It then was no coincidence that when I thought about doing an action portrait, my first thought was Harrison Ford’s iconic portrayal of Han Solo.

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Remains of the Day


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Pyrography on Pine. 10.5 x 7.75

The original artwork can be purchased through the shop section or by contacting me.
Prints and Cards of Remains of the Day can be purchased through Fine Art America.

The American Museum of Natural History is an amazing place. One could spend days exploring the massive displays. Remains of the Day is a tiny snapshot of my visit taken from a display in the Hall of Human History. The title is a play on words around the subject, skeletal remains, and my day there as I had to rush through the remains of the museum before it closed.

Technically speaking, this woodburning is all about texture. A photo doesn’t truly capture all the grooves and contours that are burnt into the pine surface.

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Rush, A Farewell to Kings


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Pyrography on Pine. 8.5 x 11

The classic King Skull image from the classic Album by the classic Band. This piece is an entirely literal translation of the original art by Hugh Syme. It was a gift to my big brother who introduced me to Rush as a kid. They remain our mutually favorite all time band.

In terms of pyrography, the significant note is the heavy black space. There is no shortcut that I know of to fill in all that black area. But a good solution is to put on your favorite music and burn away!

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Prairie Arrival


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Pyrography on basswood. 14 x 11

The original artwork is available for purchase through the Shop section or by contacting me.
Prints and Cards of Prairie Arrival can be purchased through Fine Art America.

Anyone who’s traveled across Canada by car knows that getting through the Prairies is a long journey. While visiting Pier 21, the Immigration Museum in Halifax I read about how European Immigrants were brought over with promise of farmland and the start of a fresh, prosperous life. All this was true, but what they weren’t told was there would be a two week train ride with only a wooden plank to rest on to get there!

I decided to give my composition the more nostalgic approach. The perspective offers the impression of a train having come a long way. The destination, an iconic grain elevator, is the symbol of prosperity and hope for those who lost everything during the first and second world wars. Someday I will use pyrography to depict the sweat and toil, but for now I choose the optimistic view!

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Tall Ship and Technique


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Pyrography on Maple. 12 x 12

Before I started using my current burner from Razer Tip a lot of time was spent with a hobby burner experimenting with different techniques and cuts of wood. It might seem counter intuitive, but I strongly advocate working with basic tools to get the hang of pyrography.

Having infinite control is great, but when you have only one temperature and one try to get the mark you want, you learn to trust your hand. The more you trust your own instrument, the more natural and fluid the work becomes. That said, I couldn’t imagine being limited to that basic woodburner now, but I do still pull it out occasionally to play!

For Tall Ship I wanted get a sense of energy from the water. I choose maple plywood because it’s very hard so I could linger on an area longer than I could with pine or other soft woods. The varying tone in the wood also gave the scene an immediate sense of sky and environment.

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Gagner Winner


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Pyrography on pine. 12 x 9

I love the game of Hockey, and specifically the Edmonton Oilers. This woodburning depicts one of Sam Gagner’s dazzling shoot out goals during his rookie season. Beyond capturing the moment I wanted to focus on getting good tonal values. This was made with my first hobby burner so I had no temperature control.

Check out the video of the goal from YouTube!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPhAnmbHg_w[/youtube]

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Maple Horse


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Pyrography on maple plywood. 6 x 6

Prints and Cards of Maple Horse can be ordered from Fine Art America.

Another wood burning inspired by working on Cowboy Country. I’m most happy with the detail in the main; getting hair and fur to look right can be a challenge. Beyond the pyrography, the frame is worth noting. Using a Dremel Rotary Tool and sand paper I chipped away at the corners to get the rustic look. A little time consuming, but I didn’t want to put a real frame on the piece to conceal the side layers of plywood.

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Halifax Harbour


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Pyrography on pine. 10.5 x 7.75

The original artwork can be purchased through the shop section or by contacting me.
Prints and Cards of Halifax Harbour can be purchased through Fine Art America.

I made my first journey to Atlantic Canada in 2008 to the beautiful city of Halifax. I spent a lot of time at and took many pictures of the Harbour. This composition is made up of two different photos; one of the boat, the other of Georges Island. The piece of pine I selected already had nice lines and texture to it so I went fairly light with the burning.

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Serenity


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Pyrography on pine. 7 x 7; Logo from the TV series Firefly.

Who doesn’t love “Firefly“? Nobody who’s seen it I’m sure! The icon can be seen on the side of the spaceship “Serenity” in the show (it was also the title of the feature film). I don’t know if the Chinese symbol actually means “Serenity”, but if it doesn’t you can blame Josh Wheden.

I went super hot with the burner so the wood practically melted like butter. The technique is pretty hard on the tip and generates a lot of smoke, but I love the texture and feel it creates.

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