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A realistic sculptor in wood, William Churchill’s major emphasis is on Western, Native American, and wildlife subject matter. His primary goal is to produce sculpture that combines the natural beauty of wood, nature’s art, with subjects that complement the wood.
As Churchill points out, the durability of wood sculpture has been proven by 6,000-year-old wood carvings in the Smithsonian Institution. These wood antiquities have been preserved by an ancient mixture of boiled linseed oil and beeswax. As a result, it’s the only finish material used on Churchill’s artwork.
Basically self-taught, his art studies include high school and college, classes with professional artists at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona, field trips in Korea and Japan, various correspondence classes, and memberships in the California Carvers Guild and the San Diego Fine Woodworking Association.
Churchill has also worked as a general building and engineering contractor and is a licensed private pilot, fixed wing and helicopter. However, since his full-time venture into wood carving twenty years ago he has not looked back.
His work has been recognized with four People’s Choice Awards, twenty-five Best of Show Awards, and three Purchase Awards. In addition, Churchill been the featured artist at five art shows, has been the subject of feature articles in nine national magazines, and has participated in numerous professional, nationally recognized invitational art shows.