MARIA SENKEL

Illustrator - Sculptor - Designer
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MY STORY

I love indulging in the creative process. I have a passion for creating beautiful things in interesting mediums. I especially enjoy illustration and sculpting. For me the two compliment each other. I feel that I cannot be good at one without being proficient at the other. I love illustration because its a venue for transferring to paper all those images that hide inside all corners of my imagination.  I can still see a world covered with colors and fantastical beings. That is why most of my themes are fantasy themes.

Sculpting, specially woodcarving is another one of my passions. Sculpting starts with a drawing and I enjoy it because I can bring those characters from my imagination into a 3-D format. That is the closest I can get to seeing them live.  I sculpt in wood and clay. These two mediums are complete opposites, in one you add and on the other you subtract material.  My 3-D work also becomes a canvas for painting which I greatly enjoy. All of my interests have shaped me to be the artist I am today. I feel that I cannot excel in one particular skill without having worked on others.

I was also blessed with the opportunity to pursue studies in Web Design and Multimedia. This training has been extremely essential from the business perspective since I now have the skills necessary to build my own promotional materials without depending on others. It is another outlet that keeps my creativity flowing. I also volunteer my skills to the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club. I design their newsletters and website and I am a committee member that helps with planning of their annual woodcarvers show.

MORE ABOUT MY CARVING
I started carving with the South Shore Woodcarvers in Randolph, MA. My first project was a small dog that I didn’t want to carve. I wanted something more intricate. While it was a wise decision to start small, I felt that I could tackle more complex projects even with less than desirable carving skills. I did not want to use existing carving patterns for any of my projects. Instead I wanted the challenge of picking a character, from a painting, and making it into a 3-D carving. The more intricate the image, the better. This process taught me well and soon enough I was able to combine my passion for drawing and painting and start designing my own creations.

I believe in creative freedom and to realize my concepts, it is not unusual for me to sometimes break the traditions of the craft. I believe woodcarving is an exceptional skill but when combined with painting skills, it can make a good piece, a great piece. For me one of the most pleasurable parts of the process is the intricate painting and detail. I like to carve fantasy themes that I create from my imagination. As a wood artist, I enjoy not only carving but also the process. It starts with an idea, which flows into a set of drawings that facilitate the production of a carving, which is then painted and staged.

I am proud to have received many awards for my carvings in shows in Massachusetts as well as along the Carolinas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my story. If you are interested in my work, please head to the contact page, on this site, for more information.