Note: Those who have winning bids on paddles can be picked up at any Algonquin Outfitters stores in Algonquin Park, Muskoka or Haliburton or it can be shipped to you at the cost of shipping ($25+ depending on location)
Don’s paddle was one of three featured at the Tom Thomson Gallery in Owen Sound this summer.
About the Artist
I’d like to leave the viewer understanding the allure of birds in their natural habitat; and to be captivated in the splendor that surrounds all of us.
Don was born and raised in New Liskeard, Ontario and has been an avid outdoorsman since early childhood. Here he achieved a deep appreciation for the dramatic natural surroundings that North Temiskaming has to offer. Birds, colorful fall leaves and iridescent feathers became of particular interest.
He started exploring the world of art as a young child doing portraiture, but was eventually captivated by sculpture, first in soapstone and then in basswood and tupelo. Don sets his birds in their own habitat so that the viewers may have a glimpse of nature.
Don’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia.
In 2012 and 2013 Don showed at The One of a Kind Show at The Direct Energy Building in Toronto.
He has won a number of awards at the LaCloche Art Show in Whitefish Falls.
Editor’s Note: Don is well known for his “Hyper realistic” bird carvings with many people collecting his single eagle feathers carved from wood. This is the first time Don has carved an eagle feather from a paddle. Don’s Eagle Feather paddle is carved down from the wood of the paddle, revealing the feather, it is part of the paddle and not added or glued on.
You can see more of Don’s work at the following links: