and pencil coloring Marvel comics and Disney characters back in
grade school were some of my first encounters with any kind of art
form. My interest in wood carving came about after a major carreer
change and move from Ohio to Colorado in May of 98. I was inspired
to try my hand at wood carving while watching a fellow carver by
the name of Jon Nelson carve spirit faces at an art show in Denver.
My wife Sandy saw my enthusiasm for carving and bought me my first
set of carving tools latter that fall for my birthday. My first
attempts at wood carving were frustrating and after weeks and numerous
tries to carve a face in a piece of aspen, a large pile of designer
firewood had slowly accumulated on the trailor floor. The tools
were reluctantly set aside and would not be picked back up until
several months latter.
realistic western faces, and mythical, are my favored subject choices.
My carvings are all hand carved, one of a kind, originals. Some
may be used in the initial blocking out stages. Rough outs are availible
for sale, finished and unfinished, new designs are added periodicity
to the, "Rough outs" page. The skills that I have acquired
through my carving experience's, I would only hope to be fortunate
enough, to to evolve, and build upon in the coming years. Practice,
and trail and error has yeild some of my best results up to this
point so far. I've found that for me, carving on impulse, if time
allows, yields my most satisfying results.
You can see more of Mark's work at www.gargacsoriginals.com/