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About the Artist

Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art.

"I combine a sense of the birds that gave the feathers, scientific understanding, and design expertise into a new art form. I set the feathers apart from their backgrounds so their curves and shapes are enhanced and cast shadows according to the intensity, quality and direction of light. Unlike a painter’s palette, the choice of colors in feathers is quite limited. Nevertheless, I keep the natural colors and patterns of each feather." 

Feathers are often perceived as endearingly delicate, but they are actually quite tough, having to keep a bird clothed, sheltered, and in flight for a year until they are shed. In the same vein, my feather shadowboxes are meant to appear delicate but maintain their integrity for many years. All feathers used are legal to have and sell. 

Since feathers can represent flight, transformance, healing, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams, Mr. Maynard is grateful that his work with feathers has hit a soft-spot in the hearts of many people and cultures. His work is in private collections in the USA and Canada, Asia, Europe, and Australia and has been featured in hard copy magazines and online around the world. Mr. Maynard’s recent book, Feathers, Form and Function highlights his art while informing about what feathers are and how they grow, what they do for birds, and what they mean to us.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.