Pyrography Gallery - Native American Style and Southwestern Wood Burning Art
I was inspired by the Native American Style and the Southwest even before ever moving to New Mexico
Long before moving to New Mexico many years ago I was drawn to the southwest and it's beauty and I can't explain why since I had never lived there. Perhaps it was the earthy colors that some people said I would tire of after having grown up in New England.
The paintings of my youth featured many desert scenes and native american style designs. Little did I know that many years later I would be living in the Southwest and loving it as though I belonged here. Even my early collection of reference photos had a very strong southwest and native american theme. My family never expected that I would eventually move to New Mexico but when my mother came to visit me for the first time she said "it must be in your blood because it's like you are home here". It's true, I have always felt that New Mexico is where I belong from the moment I first arrived. I guess it was a case of being born in the wrong place.
When I started doing pyrography some of my first designs were inspired by the southwest and still are to this day. My camera is never far when we are traveling through New Mexico and Arizona and my collection of reference photos continues to grow. I never know when I want to find just the right Yucca, road runner, adobe house or other things that just "hit me" at the moment.
The natural beauty of woodburning enhances the rustic, earthy appearance of the Native American and western art that I create with my burnings.
I design my Native American pieces from a variety of sources including my extensive library of photos taken while living in New Mexico attending pow-wows and traveling to different pueblo's as well as historical books on the subject.
If you would like to purchase one of my original woodburnings or would like to discuss a commission, please contact me
Navajo meaning (rough definition) Wind Man
An original design burned on a maple burl and enhanced with color
I did a lot of research and worked with several reference photos of the Chief. In my research I discovered that all of his photos as an elder showed marked evidence of changes in the right side of his face including the oval shape of the iris & pupil, drooping of his cheek, mouth and chin. I wanted this burning to be lifelike so I captured his face as it was at this time in his life. The original photo was taken from the Edward S. Curtis Collection (now in public domain) the Library of Congress and I have made some "artistic" changes in the process of the burning.
Actual burning is 9" x 12" on a basswood plaque
Won 1st Place Woodburning Category and Best of Division - Expert Level
2007 - Kitsap Woodcarvers Show, Bremerton, WA
2006 - Quilceda Woodcarvers Show, Monroe, WA
2006 - Spokane Woodcarvers Show, Spokane, WA
2006 - Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Puyallup, WA
Custom Framed w/museum gallery UV glass protection
FRAMED PRICE: $500.00
This is taken from an original painting
with written permission from the original artist, Karen Noles
Southwestern Style Napkin Holder
Nedra's napkin holder was featured in the September 2009 issue of New Mexico Magazine
This is an original design similar to the old mimbre designs from New Mexico burned on a basswood napkin holder. The napkin holders can be made in a variety of wood. This particular holder is not for sale but a similar one can be made with this or other designs. Also available in a Santa Fe Steps design with a variety of woodburned designs.
If you wish to have a napkin holder made for you, please contact me
Napkin holder Price: $30.00 includes burning on both sides
Shipping w/insurance anywhere in continental USA: $9.95
Southwestern Style Utensil Holder
Nedra's utensil holder was featured in the September 2009 issue of New Mexico Magazine
Holder is hand-made by Alan Denison
Woodburned by Nedra Denison
This is the same original design burned on a maple utensil holder. This utensil holder can be made in a variety of woods. It is burned on all 4 sides with a repeating pattern of a kokopelli and lizard. It can also be done with a variety of other southwestern designs of your choice. This holder is holding spoons hand-carved by Alan. You can see some of the spoons on Alan's woodcarving page.
If you wish to have a utensil holder made for you, please contact me
Utensil holder Price: $75.00 includes burning on all 4 sides
Shipping w/insurance anywhere in continental USA: $10.95
Relic's recently discovered in storage
"Warrior & Wolf"
This was another one of those pieces that was discovered in storage after we moved back to Texas. This was my 2nd endeavor at doing a face...definite improvement!