Cindy and Mark have been leading a very unique lifestyle since 1978-one that many have said they would like to enjoy. They have been traveling North America studying the many species of birds and flowers. Being entirely mobile in their workshop/studio enables them to work in the field.

Cindy learned the art of carving from Mark who is entirely self-taught and began in 1959. Together they have over 70 years of experience. Working as a team, each piece is an original and displays their unique style of subtle texturing and intricate oil painting to "fool the eye of the beholder".

They have been featured sculptors at a number of invitation only exhibits, most recently in 2005,at the 35th anniversary of the Waterfowl Festival as the Master Carvers, Easton, MD; the 2002 25th anniversary of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC; the 2000 Plantation

 


Wildlife Art Festival, Thomasville, GA; and "Artists of the Year" and "Encore Artists" [1999 and 2000 respectively] at the NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale, Tulsa, OK. Their work has been juried into the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum's "Birds in Art", Wausau, WI as well as "Sculpture in the Park", Loveland, CO and the "Great American Artists" exhibit, Cincinnati, OH.

In 1998 they were honored when commissioned to do the "Spirit of Oklahoma" [a piece with the state bird, flower, tree and rock] for Governor and Mrs. Frank Keating. A gift to the Governor, First Lady and the people of Oklahoma, the piece is now in the permanent collection of the Governor's Mansion.

Their deep admiration and respect of the natural world, especially birds, is evident in every piece. Feeling it imperative to know their subjects firsthand, a great deal of time is spent behind binoculars on foot, from their canoe and in blinds. To actually "be there" and experience the live bird not only in appearance but in attitude and interaction with their own species and other animals as well.

Recently, former Vice President and Mrs. Dan Quayle purchased “Mixed Bag” a compilation of five different quail species of North America. It was interesting to meet them and demonstrate how to reassemble the piece once it arrived at their doorstep. It was quite and unusual evening of events at the Weatherby Foundation 50th anniversary gala.

Their works appear in collections throughout the world. Sporting Classics, Wildlife Art and Wildfowl Carving and Collecting plus other publications of the US and abroad have contained articles on Lewis and Holland. They were pleased to have their work presented to artists' Carl Brenders, the late Simon Combes, Bev Doolittle and Terry Isaac.

Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY, John Collette Fine Arts in Cashiers, NC and Northwest by Northwest Gallery in Cannon Beach, OR represent them.

Cindy and Mark feel very fortunate to be able to maintain their low-key lifestyle while doing something they truly love.



 

 

Extinct Species Series

To most people the Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon, Ivory Bill Woodpecker, Heath Hen etc… are just names in a book or occasionally thrown at you in a lecture. Their goal in doing the Extinct Species Series is to visually touch the viewer by the beauty, interesting characteristics and the importance of the species-to educate the viewer to the irreversible horror that lies in wait for many species that are endangered today-and to give a "face" to that which is no longer tangible to mankind. They hope their creations will stir the viewer to get more involved when they hear of a life form in today's world on the verge of endangerment or worse…extinction.
The Vancouver (BC) International Wildlife Art Show awarded their Carolina Parakeet piece First Place in sculpture and Best of Show in 1994. They were thrilled.

The Extinct Species Series was on display at the 2005 Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD-along with a NEW piece in the Series introduced at the Festival. This is the first time the Series had been exhibited together-Mark and Cindy are grateful to their collectors who shared their pieces with everyone attending the festival.


Commissions large and small are accepted -- quotes given upon request.

Cindy Lewis and Mark Holland can be reached at:
PO Box 116
Chiloquin, OR 97624
541-601-7670

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