makes her home in
British Columbia on Canada's Pacific Northwest Coast.
Lindsay has a love for the wild
edges of the natural worlds where the forces of nature produce the
material for her work. Massive pieces of twisted driftwood, roots
and burls, remnants of long-dead trees, now rest in the artist's
studio providing her with creative inspiration.
take great pride that my art is created from my love affair with
wood. Whether found upon the forest floor or shoreline, finding the
inspiring piece that I can carve is both challenging and rewarding.
I have learned not to judge a piece of wood by its exterior
appearance, for beneath the surface I can take it anywhere I want by
using my imagination. What I try to achieve with my work is to touch
the innermost of human emotions." - Lindsay Branson
April 24th, 2010 at the 40th Anniversary Ward Foundation World
Carving Competition, Vancouver Island artist, Lynn (Lindsay) Branson
became the first woman, ever, to win a World Championship title.
Since 1970 the Ward Foundation and Salisbury University have
sponsored the International event in Ocean City, Maryland, welcoming
artists from all over the Globe. This year the attendees included
sculptors from the West Indies (Barbados), Japan, Russia, Australia,
South Africa, Great Britain, Germany, and Canada.
The winning Interpretive Sculpture, entitled, "Phantom of the
Forest" (Great Horned Owl), is on display at the prestigious Ward
Foundation Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland, and will
remain there for one year.
"Phantom of the Forest"
Great Horned Owl
Best in World
Ward Foundation World Carving Competition
Lindsay Branson Sculpture, 2010
Within The Grain of Time
Blakely Burl Tree Limb
The making of "Within The Grain of Time"
Lynn removes the bark from the large piece
Hand Carving begins
Lynn power grinding outside her studio
Tedious hand sanding of details
The Owl's Face finally takes shape after many hours of hand
sanding and detailing.
The finished piece, just oiled, in the studio.
About Lindsay Branson