I began wood sculpture 30 years ago, I saw a wood sculpture of a humming bird at a small art gallery and was fascinated at the detail. My first thought was I need to learn how to do that. It took almost 3 years to learn how to make a sculpture that was similar to the one saw in the gallery. I went on to learn how to paint each piece focusing on getting the soft look of a live subject. I was the president of the local Champlain Valley Woodcarver’s Guild and taught wood carving of birds and fish for almost 10 years. I still do wood carvings and the skills I learned easily migrated into my stone sculpture.