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Jim Harkness – Cardinal

September 30, 2012

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Jim began carving in 1975, his artwork is characterized by a strong graphic simplicity. Jim’s white pine or basswood carvings are rough cut on a band saw, then shaped by hand with files. The wood, the choices of its kind,provides a pale canvas to which mostly oils and enamels are applied, before it is washed and varnished – all by hand.

Jim’s signature style – a composite of abstract line, lack of carving or painting detail, and vivid colours – has been inspired by the finest of late 19th century and early  20th centruy duck decoy design




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