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David Ricketts — Background


Personal Information…I’ve lived in Buford, Georgia for over 20 years and grew up in Atlanta. I’m happily married to Allison and we have a great son, Cody, who is 18. I’ve worked outside for over 30 years in the tree service and landscaping business.

Professional Background...I’m a self-taught artist using chainsaws, grinders, hand tools and many different paints to create unique works
—from primitive faces to six-foot giraffes to commissions for custom carvings. I sell my art in galleries and at exhibits and festivals.

Influences...Many things in life have influenced my art. For example,
I was inspired to begin my Indian carvings after reading an old book
that I had bought at the Good Will about the American Indian. Sometimes I start to create a work with an idea or a feeling that I want
to express. Other times I just pick up a piece of wood, and using a
power tool like a paintbrush, I begin carving. I’m not sure just where the wood will take me. Sometimes I notice unusual and interesting shapes in trees and rocks...kind of like when you see things in clouds. Sometimes
I have to keep staring at a piece of oak or walnut and then suddenly
an image will jump out at me. I take what I see and carve or assemble
it into the critter, figure or face the image suggests.

 Shows/Exhibits...I participated in the Easter “Artist Insight Stations
of the Cross” exhibits by Stone Mill Station Church (2007) and Twelve Stones Church (2008)—participated in the Trinity “Spotlight on Art” exhibits in 2008 and 2009—exhibited in the 12th Annual DOO–NANNY Festival in Seale, Alabama and have exhibited at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station Market. My work was also exhibited at Folk Fests 2007, 2008 and 2009 (the world’s largest folk art show).
The 2007 Buford Tannery Row Artists Colony exhibit “BIG” awarded me second place among the 35+ artists.

You can find my work at these galleries...

Around Back at Rocky’s Place, Dawsonville, GA

The Gallery Cafe in Buckhead, GA

Kudzu Antiques and Folk Art in Decatur, GA

Winder Binder Folk Art in Chattanooga, TN

I’ve also completed a number of commissions
for carvings, paintings and assemblages.

Every carving is a journey and adventure. 

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of my work.