Thursday, January 12, 2006
This spotted fish was created by Garnet McPhail - another local folk artist who's work I adore.
"Garnet McPhail was born in 1926 in the Magdelan Islands. He moved to Pictou County in 1940 and presently resides in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He worked as mail carrier and woodsman then trained in shoe repair but ended up being a chef for 16 years in Kentville. Garnet was a caretaker at Acadia University for nine years until he retired.
At 61, Garnet began carving small birds for his grandchildren during his recovery from knee surgery. His subject matter includes: chickens, roosters, turtles, fish, people and alligators. His pieces are created entirely from his own imagination. He loves carving folk art and plans to do so as long as he is able.
Mr. McPhail's work can be found in the Nova Scotia Art Gallery and in many collections across North America. He is featured in the National Film Board of Canada video "Folk Art Found Me."(artist's bio was taken from the website From the Heart Folk Art).