Posted By admin on August 22, 2011
These sculptures are carved by Janet Denton-Cordell from Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States.
Janet grew up deep in the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozarks, as the second daughter of the well-known Denton family with more than 175 years of combined woodcarving experience.
The art of the Dentons has been featured many times over the years, from articles in magazines such as National Geographic and woodcarving journals, to newspapers and television documentaries.
Janet Denton Cordell has won hundreds of awards for her carvings and is recognized as a master woodcarver by the state of Arkansas.
Janet has been teaching woodcarving since 1986, and in 1994 opened her own school of wood sculpture.
The Ozark Mountain School of Sculpture is currently housed in a log cabin on the family property, where the quiet, undisturbed atmosphere and close proximity to nature foster creativity.
Janet Denton-Cordell is a gifted woodworker, known for two rather different styles of carving.
Her elegant sculptures of women exhibit a fluidity of grace that is also echoed in her carvings of animals.
But her other remarkable contribution to the world of woodcarving is her revival of the production of the jointed wooden doll.
Popular from Victorian times, these dolls are especially evocative of a simpler time, when the fact that a wooden doll’s arms could bend at the elbows and knees provided endless fascination.
You may see more examples of Janet’s work on her web site: www.janetcordell.com.