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Here's My Woodcarving!
By Courtney Devonish
Anguilla, BWI

I'm a Barbados born sculptor/potter who has attained an international reputation for my creations in wood, stone and clay. I've been residing in Anguilla for over 20 years, and the Devonish Art Gallery is the permanent showroom for my creations.

In 1963, I was employed as a student teacher in Coventry, UK while awaiting entry to a university or Teacher's Training college. The art teacher at the time was on leave and the Headmaster asked me to take over the art class. I informed him I had never had any training in art but I lived in a village in Barbados known for pottery. As a kid I would make models of birds out of clay from the river bank where our sheep and cows were taken to graze. I ended up teaching the class how to model birds out of clay.

The program was so successful that the Headmaster asked what subjects I had applied to study at Teacher's college. History and Religious education was my reply. He suggested I change one of the subjects to Art. When I enrolled I requested the change, but was refused because I had no high school training in art. I asked if I could attend classes for 3 subjects in the first year, instead of 2, on the condition that if one of the Art tutors accepted me after the end of the year I woud drop history as a subject. I was accepted as an art student after 3 months and wood carving was a major part of the course, which is how I first got interested in it.

6 Green Hearts

Growing Up, Ash

Sunburst 2, Mahogany

Nautilus 1, Mahogany

Inside Looking Out, Mahogany

Touch Form 1, Local Ebony

Courtney can be reached directly via email at devonisharte@gmail.com. You can also visit his website at Courtney Devonish Art.

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