Model building since my youth, I have always gravitated toward replicas that would reflect my intense interest in American History. Recently, my modeling focus has been on the ships and boats of the whaling period between 1750-1950. I soon developed a keen sense of the beauty and the practicality of the whale craft of this era, especially the whaleboat, which best exemplifies the whaling history of this region.
My work in the area of folk art was a normal progression, keeping with an appreciation with early American traditions. From quarterboards to tavern signs and expressions of the nautical working life of the northeastern seacoast, this work exemplifies the art of a bygone era. My work reflects the harsh conditions of the sea and its weathering effects on wood and metal. Appling a heavy weathered and distressed feel to my work, each piece will appear to have been resurrected from the past.
Much of my work can be viewed and acquired at Nantucket Carving and Folk Art on Nantucket Island, MA. They have been my inspiration as my sister, Jean Petty, being a Folk Artist and her business partner, Paul McCarthy, a master woodcarver have encouraged me through the years to pursue my art.