I recently took a trip to Seattle where I visited a museum highlighting Northwest Tribal Art. I was especially interested in the carved wooden plaques, symbolically depicting animals. The vibrant colors and stylized incised designs and motifs were spectacular. I was inspired by this stylized method of depicting animals and gave it my own twist. I have chosen to represent each family in the Animal Kingdom: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish. Each animal’s body is carved in a stylized manner, while the heads are more realistic. I attempted to capture the essence of each animal’s form and expression.
The finished series. Northwest Animal Kingdom!