Woodcarving is both a craft and fine art. I personally find something spiritual about working in wood. The right piece will lead me down an enjoyable path even if it wasn't the one I originally imagined. For me, it's always about the journey. The destination is often a surprise. While serious pieces captivate me now and then, I most enjoy sculpting whimsical characters and traditional folk carving.
Like most experienced woodcarvers one of my joys is teaching. Showing a new approach, the use of different tools or a new style to other carvers is part of the fun. However, introducing the craft to newcomers is satisfying on two fronts. First, I enjoy the surprise one experiences in accomplishing something for the first time, and secondly, I feel passionate about helping extend this art to a new generation.
I have always explored my world through visual art and creative writing. The role creativity plays in the connection between spirit and psyche (heart and mind) is at the core of all my work.
Whether I'm painting, sculpting, or creating a piece of textile art, a strong skill set allows me to plan very loosely, if at all. In this way the work itself inspires and guides me as it unfolds. I feel I am never more involved in life than when imagination steps to the forefront. For this reason I love improvisational art and art-quilting, working in a series and exploring non-traditional techniques across all media. My miniature painting series titled, Gallerie Interiorem is a perfect example of this and I have created a website to feature this work exclusively. Samples of my other work are featured on this website.
Welcome to Wild Hare Studios and Rabbit Hole Arts, where no subject is taboo, cognitive dissonance is always a part of my creative process and Mike just smiles and shakes his head a lot.
Michael K. Harmon
STOREY - HARMON
Wild hare studios and rabbit hole arts
Painting - Sculpture - Textile art
Susan 'Storey' Harmon