Jerry Crites

Jerry Crites

Wood Sculptor

I was born in Marlin, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.

I have always had a love for working with wood from building clocks to making potato bins. I tried my hand at oil painting; however, I always came back to the medium of wood.

In the early 90’s I began carving ducks and found I had a pretty good eye for the process. At that time we lived in Plano, Texas and later in Flower Mound, Texas. I was in the commercial Insurance business for most of my adult life and at retirement was Senior Vice President of Union Standard Insurance Group (a W R Berkley Company) out of Greenwich, Conn.

I was a member of Texas Wildfowl Carving Association in Irving, Texas. One of our members was a world champion carver that helped me learn the art. I attended numerous shows and exhibitions around the area as well as numerous judging events where I was fortunate enough to win many blue ribbons and best in shows.

Since retiring to East Texas, playing golf, playing guitar and bird carving has been my pastime. While I don’t play golf much anymore, carving is still a big part of my life.

I began in earnest carving wildfowl art in 2001 and continue to be intrigued with taking a block of wood and making something beautiful. I am very proud to be able to display some of my work here in The City of Roses.

Artist Statement

The process of designing and creating a piece of art from wood can be very rewarding as well as time consuming.

While never running out of subjects, deciding what kind of bird to carve and how to mount the sculpture can take a lot of thought. I get inspiration from many sources including my own back yard. While I generally carve songbirds known to this area, I carve other subjects such as shore birds and birds of prey as well.

My carvings are measured to be as near actual size as possible. They are made of Tupelo Gum or Basswood. Eyes are generally made of acrylic and feet are designed for how each bird is to be mounted. The habitat such as leaves, branches or rocks etc. are sometimes made of other type materials. I generally carve limbs or stumps from basswood. I do, on occasion, use a limb or natural material, if it fits with the piece. I use oil paint for the bird and acrylic paint for the habitat. The bases I make of various types of wood including walnut, cherry, ash and other woods.