The premise of this carving was to illustrate the nature of a talented thief. I was yearning to create a bold character, rich in facial features & expression, and garbed in the adventurer accouterments. By creating the backdrop of the huge dungeon door, chain, padlock, layered brick, inlay, and stone walls I wanted to move the onlooker into the scene.
This carving was a birthday present to my little sister, Chrissy. I came across a picture, moving through family circles, of her wearing a sarcastic smirk, sunglasses, and her dread locks. The challenge of creating a carving that people would compare with a living human being was a bit daunting. I spent countless hours removing slight amounts of would to get it just right.
The idea behind this carving, which my imagination just kind of ran with, was the endearing love between a dolphin mother and child, in their natural habitat where they display superb artistry among the waves. Additionally, as with all my carvings, I wanted to create depth for the imagination, thus the island in the distance, even though the thickness of the actual wood is only four inches.