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Cindy is a Canadian artist that creates picture art using leather as her canvas. Her favorite subjects are animals, from wildlife to the domesticated farm animals. Each piece is hand carved, tooled and colored. The carved artwork is one of a kind, no picture is reproduced.
The carving process
The subject of the artwork is first drawn onto tracing paper, then is transferred onto a dampened piece of leather by tracing over the pattern. The drawing is then carved into the leather with a special knife, the outside edges of the subject is then beveled down to create depth.The fine details are modelled into the leather with special tools. This allows you to feel the texture on the subject of the picture. Once all the tooling is completed, the picture is then colored with dyes or acrylic paints, which are diluted to gradually build up the color. This will give more depth and shadowing to the art piece.
The picture on the left is an example of a piece that is in the process of being finished. All the carving and tooling are done, just the coloring is left to finish the picture.
The picture gallery above shows some of my previous artwork that has already been purchased. Please visit the Art For Sale page to view pieces that you may be interested in purchasing. The art for sale page will be updated with new pieces as they become available.