Did you know that the Cardinal is the only red bird in Eastern North America? On average it lives 3-9 years but has been reported to live as long as 15 years. You can read some interesting facts on a number of web sites including http://on.natgeo.com/TcyAB1. What does this have to do with Hunter-Wolff Gallery?
Many artists are inspired by nature and there are few birds more colorful than the Cardinal to be inspired by. Wood-carver Larry Szabelski has carved blue birds, sharp-shinned hawks, sparrows, chickadees, warblers, and more but none take the spotlight like the cardinal.
Larry uses a hardwood called jelutong, which is a species of tree in the oleander subfamily. This tree grows over 200′ tall and sometimes measures 5-6′ in diameter and is found in low-elevation tropical evergreen forests like southern Thailand. He also uses acrylic paints for color and glass eyes and other natural elements to keep his sculpture as realistic as possible. This particular carving was further embellished with a wood-carved morning glory flower that took over 18 hours to carve.
To see more of Larry Szabelski’s life-like birds, stop in at Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City, just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, or visit Larry’s webpage at http://bit.ly/WPDB8Q