Craig Benson was born on Little Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1949. Carving became a hobby while he pursued an education in environmental studies. His post-graduate career in wildlife management and habitat protection kept Craig in close contact with his artistic subjects and took him to many wild areas of North America. Now settled on Piers Island near Victoria, Craig spends his days carving captivating pieces that invite a touch, stroke, and a smile.
Much of Craig's carving is "release" work, in which the piece of stone or wood and its life force suggest the creature within. Special stones and woods are also selected for characteristics that seem to match his other chosen subjects. Most often, the creature that emerges will be native to this area's waters; the fish, otter, seals, and sea lions that are such an integral part of our experience on the Northwest coast.
6"L x 5"W x 2.5"H