“No artist creates in a vacuum. Birds have always been a source for artistic inspiration and creation.
The natural wonders of birds serve as my inspiration, so my sculptures extend and pay homage
to this historic tradition. I consider my best work yet to come.”
'Ring Neck Pheasant'
Jeff Demarest was born in rural Connecticut,
and developed an appreciation for birds with a childhood exposure to the
work of John James Audubon, and the collection of exotic species in his
father’s aviary. Jeff’s interest in carving birds from wood began as an
adolescent, and then was put aside for other interests. Following a career
in the Marine Corps concluding in 1995, Jeff trained in the design and
construction of fine furniture at the School for Professional Crafts, in
Worcester, Massachusetts. It was here he renewed his desire to replicate
nature, along with learning and refining the skills of three-dimensional
sculpture. Jeff now creates his unique pieces of art in his studio in
eastern North Carolina.
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