Over the past few years Jody has focused on a self taught technique of painting and a form of carving taught to him by his father-in-law. The finished pieces are created by using a mixture of art disciplines at different stages. He uses his own scientific illustration of a marine life subject and than hand carves each piece to recreate the illustration in a mold. The mold is used a limited number of times and eventually dissolves to limit its use. The mold is than hand painted and a handmade pulp, paper or canvas is applied to the top of the subject. A soft cotton or cloth is used to transfer the hand painted mold to the canvas in the hopes to create a clean image of the painted mold. Once the canvas has dried and been treated for acidity, Jody hand paints it to re create some of the natural highlights of his subject hoping to enhance the natural swimming mechanics, colors & behaviors. Some subjects are portrayed as you would see them in a more traditional sense, but you will notice a nontraditional influence on colors for most of his pieces. The ocean is full of shadows, ultraviolet lights and many unknowns that make it so dynamic. Marine life should be portrayed in a way as to imagine them in their natural chaotic and also homogenous world. The canvas used also helps capture a 3-dimensional feeling with the natural waves, pulps and depths that can been seen in the finished pieces. Every piece is an original.
The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 66,287 acres along the coast of southeastern South Carolina near Awendaw, SC. The refuge lands and waters include impoundments, creeks and bays, emergent salt marsh and barrier islands. Established in 1932 as a haven for migratory birds, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is additionally managed for the protection of threatened and endangered species such as the loggerhead sea turtle, wood stork, and piping plover. We feel lucky to live and work near such a beautiful and remote place. Many of our pieces are inspired by fish and other sea life found within the refuge boundaries. We donate 10% of our profits to environmental and social non-profit groups.