Van Keuren Marshall
Van grew up in South Carolina and from an early age enjoyed drawing and sketching birds. When Van was 11 years old his great aunt Janie gave him a 1942 bound edition of Audubon’s The Birds of America. She signed the volume “To Van Keuren Marshall who especially likes to draw birds”, and encouraged Van’s early interest in bird art. This interest in birds and art and the natural world led Van to begin college as an art major and to finish with a biology degree. Today, Van sculpts a broad range of birds, from the tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird to the full-size Wild Turkey Gobbler. He works primarily with basswood to carve and burn intricate feather details in the decorative style of bird sculpture. These decorative pieces are usually life size and are painted realistically with oil colors. Van also enjoys carving birds from mahogany and walnut and leaving them unpainted. This interpretive style presents compelling, dynamic bird sculptures while highlighting the natural beauty of the wood.