Greg Woodard channels his profound connection with powerful animals into sculptures at once rugged and refined. Working closely with the foundry, he applies every patina by hand, a meticulous process that makes each addition unique in color and texture. Ever open to experimentation and innovation, he lets the material journey of his process translate into brave finished forms.
Woodard believes each sculpture tells a story of close communion between humans and animals. He also explores a different aspect related to inter-dynamics, the cultural impact of the opening of the West, symbolized by the railroad track.
Born in 1958 in Prescott, Arizona, Woodard is largely self-taught; his formal training is limited to high-school art classes. He began by carving decoys and went on to become the only artist to win both decorative and interpretive categories in international carving competitions. He is the five-time Best of Show winner at the Ward World Competition and the 1992 World Class winner. In 2000, he captured the world category in interpretive sculpture with his rendition of a prairie falcon chasing several swallows. Other accolades include his inclusion in the collections of the Museum of the West and the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. He was featured in the January/February 2018 issue of Art of the West magazine. Most recently, he won the Fine Art Connoisseur award for best sculpture at the 2018 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in Cody, Wyoming.