Jane DeDecker

A longtime interest in art and the natural world was the catalyst for James’s transition from a career in technology to a career as a sculptor. The journey began while growing up in Texas where he spent most summers with grandparents in rural environments. The opportunity to spend so much time with wildlife developed into more than a casual interest. The ability to draw led to many renderings of both wild and domestic animals and birds. Being self-taught, drawing slowly evolved into painting then sculpting wildlife. His current work incorporates experience from both painting and sculpture.

James feels viewing wildlife in their natural environment is important to developing an overall sense of the animals, their habits and gestures. Residing in the Bay Area of Northern California and Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Observing wildlife in the southern Rocky Mountains is not difficult, however, many find it surprising to have deer, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions in a neighborhood that has the San Francisco skyline as a backdrop; and bears are not too far away.

When most people observe wildlife, the focus is on the animal - eye to eye. The surrounding backdrop becomes blurred and abstract. The intent of James’s work is to capture this blend of realism and abstraction in a wall hanging collage of elements that form a vignette of the animal and its environment. Each piece consists of miniature animal sculptures set in fields of color, form, and texture. Elements of a piece include an acrylic textured and painted wood panel, cast bronze or silver figures, and combinations of stone, glass, wood or metal.

See at Video Slideshow of her work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9sELUK5BY
Love Letters at PitzersArt.com
Love Letters
Thorn at PitzersArt.com
Cutouts at PitzersArt.com
Carefree at PitzersArt.com
Fireflies at PitzersArt.com
My Heart is in Your Hands at PitzersArt.com
Between Friends at PitzersArt.com
Between Friends
Kate at PitzersArt.com
Lords of the Forest at PitzersArt.com
Lords of the Forest
Follow Me at PitzersArt.com
Follow Me
Little Hands of Peace at PitzersArt.com
Lords of the Forest at PitzersArt.com
Seashore at PitzersArt.com
Sail Away at PitzersArt.com
Family Tree at PitzersArt.com
Family Tree
A Day In The Woods at PitzersArt.com
A Day In The Woods
Tippy Toes at PitzersArt.com
Tippy Toes
Four For The Road at PitzersArt.com
Four For The Road
Sunshowers at PitzersArt.com
Earth at PitzersArt.com
Water at PitzersArt.com
Fire at PitzersArt.com
Wind at PitzersArt.com
Laces at PitzersArt.com
The Ties That Bind at PitzersArt.com
The Ties That Bind

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