The incredibly detailed wood-crafted pictures and scenes by artist George Phillips are on display at Lake City Ford during the 2011 Art Walk and Sale that runs until Sept. 9 in the lakecity.
Phillips, who retires from Save-On Foods in the coming year, has enjoyed working with wood as a hobby for many years and plans to do even more wood crafting in future.
“When I retire I will become a full-time starving artist,” Phillips jokes.
He has always maintained an interest in the beauty and artistic potential of wood and uses domestic and exotic woods and veneers in his art work, as well as appropriate background materials. You will find pieces in beech, oak, maple, walnut, birch and other woods and in some cases combined woods of different colours.
Using detailed techniques of scroll and fretwork, he creates pictures that provide depth and open relief within a band or border.
Pride in workmanship and the quality of the final product is reflected in the special feel created in each piece Phillips does, from the chosen design to the final framing. His themes range from special editions of club logos to wildlife, birds, nature scenes, flowers, rodeos, and more.
He sells his work in various locations including Barkerville where it is purchased by visitors from all over the world.
Phillips keeps track of where his work is sold.
“People from all over the world have bought my work —- England, Holland, Germany, New Zealand,” Phillips says.