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I began my career In art in the early 1990's selling miniature acrylic paintings (3 x 2 inches) on the street to tourists. I would paint all morning then go downtown to sell and start all over the next morning. I made a good living but could not see myself selling on the street the rest of my life.

Not that I was used to a comfortable life. Living on and sailing sailboats for a living is not what I would call comfortable living. Glamorous maybe, but not comfortable. So I decided to sell only at craft shows. Not everyone wants to buy a painting no matter how small , so I decided to diversify. I had always liked boxes so I bought some exotic hardwoods and started to make small boxes with sliding dovetail lids. This expanded my audience and sales increased. Someone said to me that I could make more per painting if I made prints, so I went to a print shop and they gave me an outrageous figure to print one painting. I said, "Why so much?" and they said because it was in color. Black and white they said would be next to nothing to print. This set me on a career as a pen and ink artist and I had over 40 limited edition prints out by the mid 90's.

With my reputation in hand I took up a hobby. I bought a small Delta lathe and armed only with scrapers started to make perfume bottles with glass inserts to give away as gifts. I liked doing this so much that in 1997 I took the plunge and bought a Oneway lathe. Initially I thought that I would be someone who made only functional items for the home but a chance meeting at a craft show in 1998 with native artist Harris Smith changed my thinking. We collaborated on thousands of pieces right until he passed away in 2005.

My work reflects my love for indigenous art; it's simplicity, and it's power. At the moment my work incorporates a mixed imagery from the region in which I live. In the future I will be meshing in others as well. My work can also be seen at www.douglasjfisher.com
 
     
  "Autumns Intercepting"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
19 x 2 inches
  "Before the Dawn Wind"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
21 x 2 inches
 
     
 

"Brightness Moved Us Softly"
Big leaf maple. Turned and carved
15 x 2.5 inches

  "Everlasting Voices"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
10 x 2.5 inches
 
     
 

"Impressions of Spring"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
9.5 x 3 inches

  "Kelowna Time"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
16 x 3 inches
 
     
  "Moments of Vision"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
16 x 2.5 inches
  "Solstice Approach"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
10 x 3 inches
 
     
"Summer Slid By"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
13 x 2.5 inches
  "With Every Wind That Blew"
Big leaf maple. Turned off axis and carved
24 x 3 inches
         
         
 

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