I jumped for joy when I saw this carving from Damian and Beatriz Morales! Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. But his work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Their paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! The shading of colors on this puffin is just incredible! And I just love the adorable face!!! You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carvings! Full of whimsy and fun! This carving is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 9 3/4" high x 5 1/8" wide x 6 3/4" deep