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Artist Spotlight – Jenny Booth

Bone Carver

Q:Where do you live?

A:I live in a sweet little ranching community just outside of Cody, Wyoming

Jenny Booth

Q:What mediums do you work in and what is your favorite?

A:Although I have dabbled in bronzes, I predominately work with antler and longhorn skulls.

nature art

Q:What are your other hobbies, and are they related to your artwork?

A:Other hobbies I enjoy are lake kayaking, horseback riding and cattle work. At one time, I was an avid competitor in the horse sport of cutting, but thankfully gave that up, and with the money I saved I was able to buy my home!! Funny, but anyone who knows cutting knows how expensive it is. But, it was a great event (or should I say obsession) in my life for many years. I absolutely adore gardening, and have much pride in any perennial that is hardy enough to return year after year. For many years I worked up in the mountains, packing and cooking for summer pack trips, as well as cooking in hunting camps. I gave that up a couple years ago, preferring now to sleep in a real bed, having a shower, and NOT smelling like bacon in grizzly bear country in the fall.

elk bone

Q:How did you get started and what was the evolution of your style?

A:I started carving in the early 80’s, back when belt buckles and bolo ties made from elk burrs were popular. My style is always evolving; currently I am really focused on the organic flower and leaf patterns. My goal is to create a real sense of kinetic flow, and I consider every flower and leaf a personal challenge.

cow skull

Q:What goals do you have for your artwork, what does the future hold?

A:Hmmm, well to be honest, to continue to sell them so I can continue to carve them! I gave up my ‘’day job’’ when I turned 50 after some significant events happened in my life: Both parents passing within 11 months of each other, and the loss of a stepson in a single vehicle accident. It was a real wake up call in regards to mortality. At the time I was riding performance horses for a private ranch outside of Cody, and I had the epiphany that since I hadn’t been killed or maimed by one of those big-motored horses, it was a good time to quit, take the leap of faith, and carve full time. That was 4 years ago, and I feel very fortunate that is has been working nicely.

western decor

Q:Is there a message or theme behind your artwork?

A:Beauty. I will work and work on a piece, catching little flaws, simply until my eye is happy. A nice message also, is breathing new life into what was at one time a magnificent animal. I have done a couple of skulls for people that had a special horse or cow, and it really seems to mean a lot to them.

bone art

Q:What or who inspires you?

A:Leather artists really inspire me. Although my designs are my own, I really like to study leather art.

custom art

Q:What has been the hardest project, or what is the hardest aspect of you art?

A:The hardest project I have done was a commission I did last year where the customer provided the skull. This particular skull was from a massive longhorn whose named was Peter III. He was 7’ tip to tip, and had perfect symmetry. I really felt intimidated, as this was not a replaceable skull. I would have to say that the hardest aspect is self-promoting. I really feel uncomfortable with it, and therefore, am not very good at it!

Hydie Fireplace2

Q:What brings you the most satisfaction or sense of accomplishment?

A:A highlight is the day when, as I check whatever I’m working on, every little nook and cranny is finished. The most satisfying feeling is when the customer receives it, and loves it.

 

cow skull

You can visit her website to see more of her amazing work or check out her Facebook at Jenny Booth Art.

antler carving