Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art./ His unique feather shadowboxes have been recognized around the world by art collectors and the press in many cultures. See his shadowboxes on www.featherfolio.com and get them directly from the artist or through his galleries.
Maynard aims to honor the feathers and the birds they came from. Since feathers are three dimensional, he does not flattened them to a background but sets them apart allowing shadows to form. His work is enclosed in simple but quality black lacquered wood frames with UV protected acrylic.
People who see his works and hear his talks have the opportunity to see feathers and birds in a new way. He has a strong background in biology and conservation which are strong themes in his thinking and his art.
He has, over the years, refined his technique and process to create his present art form. His favorite tools are tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses some of which he inherited from his father and grandfather.
Feathers are usually seen as endearingly delicate. They are actually quite tough, having to protect a bird from weather and bumps and scrapes for a year or so. The same can be said about his artwork. Given normal care, his pieces are made to last as long as archival paintings.
The feathers he uses are all legal to have and sell in the United States; some require permits for an additional fee to send outside the USA. He prefers to use molted feathers and his sources are mostly private aviaries.
His book, Feather Form and Function is a small, hardbound tabletop feast of images and text about "what a feather is, how birds use them, and why we find them alluring". For signed copies, visit his website: www.featherfolio.com
Chris Maynard's mission is to, "promote understaning and appreciation of the natural world". He supports nonprofit causes for specific projects such as land acquisition and conservation. One way he does this is through partnership auctions. For instance, in 2017 he gave two originals and five prints to the two million membership World Parrot Trust to auction to its members. The proceeds were split to go for conservation of the endangered great green macaw in Costa Rica. Proceeds for education, research, and reintroduction.