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douglas j fisher: life, reinvented

Are you struggling with the notion (or the reality) of reinventing yourself in midlife?  As someone who has done that more than once – and is doing it again – I am uplifted by wood sculptor Douglas J. Fisher’s journey.

Before dedicating himself full time to art, the Vancouver Island resident taught skiing and sailing, worked as an ironworker, an underground miner and delivered sailboats across several seas.

Finding Myself
free standing sculpture, big leaf maple, 15″ x 2.5″

“Using hand held gouges, the wood is cut as it spins on a lathe. After the basic form is made a number of techniques are incorporated to achieve the final results. Some of these techniques include carving, dyeing, ebonizing, texturizing, painting, bleaching and applying real gold leaf.” From the Qualicum Frameworks Gallery website

Even after becoming a full time artist in 1992 he continued to reinvent himself working in painting, stained glass, photography, pen and ink drawing. In 1997 the self-taught artist began to focus on the lathe-turned wood sculptures that he is best known for – and in this body of work you can see how all of his life experience has come together in glorious harmony. [Click on the images in this post to see them large]

Decay Of Progress
maple, 17″ x 2″, double sided table top sculpture

Peregrine Falcon
wall sculpture, maple burl, 28″ x 24″ x 2″, turned, carved, dyed, lacquer

Worthy Of A Deep Silence
wall sculpture, maple, 23.75″ x 15.5″

The Woven Past
wall sculpture, big leaf maple, 24.5″ x 2.5″, turned, carved, dyed, lacquer

Memories of the Future – Three views of one sculpture
maple burl, turned, carved, dyed, lacquer, 28″ x 7.25″ x 2.75″

On The Wings of a Dream
wall sculpture, turned, carved, dyed, maple burl with hammered copper insert
34″ x 22″ x 2″

“The rich deep colours are a result of layer upon layer of transparent dyes. One really has to look to see all the various colours stacked and blended together in one of my pieces. The time put into the carving process averages around 80% of the total time put into the piece. Applying lightfast wood dyes is when the piece really starts to come alive. Building layer of colour upon layer of colour to create an old world, timeless quality is what I am out to achieve. Finally several coats of lacquer are applied which deepens the colour and adds even more depth.”

Studio/Work In Progress

More of Douglas J Fisher’s work at Qualicum Frameworks Gallery.


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