William Janelle

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I am a self-taught sculptor who works primarily in wood. I grew up in Saco, Maine and been carving for over thirty-seven years. As a subtractive sculptor, I take away from a single block with hand tools, often leaving tool marks behind as a sort of fingerprint. My preferences of wood are apple, cherry, butternut and walnut. These are hardwoods with very distinctive grains and colors. I also work in marble, soapstone, alabaster, pumpkin, ice and snow.

My style is a fusion of realism and neo-classicalism. This enables the viewer to recognize the subject matter and at the same time allows me the freedom of self-expression. The goal of each piece is to show motion in the subject matter. Whether it be a puffin standing on a rock, with its head turned ninety degrees, inquisitively looking at something that just startled it or a falcon, half second from flight. The sculpture’s emotion allows the viewer to recognize a bit of humanity in the subject portrayed.

I have won more than a hundred ribbons, Best of Show awards, prize money and have been featured on TV – Steve Minich, WMTW segment “Made in Maine”; Doug Rafferty’s ‘Doug’s Discoveries’ , newspaper features and Lake Living Magazine. I now live in Bridgton, Maine with my wife, Loraine and our dog, Lucy.

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William Janelle, Bridgton, ME (By appointment.)