Fine Art Sculpture In WoodSubscribe Now

Old Portfolio

sparrow sitting on natural outcropping

Burls and Natural Edge

As an environmentalist, more and more I use wood salvaged locally. I especially love taking a piece of spalted burl wood with rotten hollows and turning perceived defects into assets, blending form with abstraction, culling a symbiosis of art and nature. As the decay is carved away, interesting shapes emerge that define the nature of the sculpture in a way I could never plan in advance. Through interaction with the wood, an idea takes shape and a form emerges through a process I’ve come to call “listening to the forest.” To me, the beauty of a finished sculpture is as much a product of the wood’s natural color and grain as the subject itself. Therefore, I strive for simplicity of form and use only a clear finish or no finish at all in order to let the wood speak for itself. View Burls and Natural Edge >

 

 

crow seated on a rock carved wood sculpture

Fauna

My childhood pets were chickens and ducks. These and other birds have had a major influence on my source of subjects for sculpting. When I sculpt birds or animals of any kind, I strive to capture some aspect of that creature’s character—an action, a stillness, an anticipation, a celebration of life—rather than recreating the details of physical anatomy. As in all my sculptures, simplicity of form is primary. View Fauna >

 

 

Wood sculpture of Calla Lilies by Marceil DeLacy

Flora

Calla lilies were always a staple in my garden, transplanted from my grandfather’s house and multiplying to fill a large portion of whatever flowerbed they occupied. I am drawn to the calla lily for its elegance, grace, and simplicity of design. It speaks to me of the peace and natural beauty of life in its purest form. View Flora >

 

 

paper bag web

Trompe l’oeil and beyond

Trompe l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that creates a realistic illusion. This grouping was inspired by forms that surround our quotidian, commonplace world — inanimate, utilitarian objects that the imagination transforms into whimsical, artful companions. View Trompe l’oeil, etc. >

 

 

Serpent Rifle wood sculpture by Marceil DeLacy

The Gun Exchange

When first searching for blocks of hardwood to use for carving, I found that some of the best pieces were sold as gunstock. So I decided to take a gun blank and turn it into something else, retaining enough of the gun to show the transformative connection. The result is a series of 4 sculptures: 2 shotguns and 2 rifles. For me, wood sculpture is a tactile art. The finished product invites one to touch it and not just remain an observer. Therefore the horizontal gun sculptures are intended to be mounted on a wall or placed in a gun rack as an actual gun would be so they can be easily picked up and handled to experience the feel of the wood. View the Gun Exchange >