Al Wilkinson

Enjoyment is the first word that comes to mind when I think of my work on various creations. Whether it’s drawing, painting or carving wood, I enjoy the process of creating.

When I work with wood, I enjoy its feel, color and texture. I particularly enjoy working with hand tools such as chisels, knives, gouges, saws and wood planes. Often they also give me more control over my work.

When I work in the fine arts, I take pleasure in mixing colors to bring out a true representation of what I see. I delight in creating the fine details in my work. Whether it is in the effect of individual leaves, the branches on trees or the rust on old cars the details excite me.

When creating I find there are endless opportunities to use my imagination. Sometimes I just create and sometimes I get my inspirations from others. Between what exists in the physical world and what our minds are capable of imagining, opportunities are endless.

I have created in various art mediums most of my life. Over the last 15 years, I have had more time to hone my skills and to experiment with various techniques on my own.

I enjoy taking classes. When I participate in a class it is to learn new techniques. I want to take knowledge home with me. Techniques and knowledge last forever, therefore, I can use them the rest of my life. I will never be too old to learn.

My ultimate enjoyment is when someone realizes the time and talent it took to create the finished piece.