About Mary Elton Wilkerson
When I was ask to write a few things about myself I wasn't sure what I
could say that people would be interested in reading. However...
after thinking about the life I have been blessed to live I realized
just how blessed I have been with an interesting and adventurous life.
I grew up in the Huntington Beach area of Southern California.
When most of the world was singing about California surfing, beach
parties and little old ladies from Pasadena I was living the life most
I remember being interest in creating art at an early age. I just
loved the challenge of making something come to life in a drawing or
painting. Actually it didn't really matter what type of art I did I
just wanted to be an artist.
I entered my first art show at the age of twelve years old. I loved the
atmosphere and excitement of being around art and artist. I knew
plan for my life had to include creating something unique and
Art was my life and I set my course to accomplish that goal of becoming
a professional artist.
I attended Cal-State Fullerton and earned a Bachelors Degree in
Art. While attending Cal-State I started carving. I found
my passion. I could take a piece of Sugar Pine or Bass wood and
see the image in the wood.
I had so much fun creating things from wood. I was a little
different in my approach to carving. I didn't want to use all the
power tools to create. I wanted to use my hands, knifes, and
gouges. I wanted to do it the old fashion way and that is exactly
what I did. I loved doing Santa images, Snowmen and
Christmas things. After a few years I started to specialize in
doing Santas and other Christmas pieces.
I have traveled the United States attending Arts and Crafts shows
selling my work. I am proud to say I have collectors of my Santas
all over the United States. All of my designs are original
hand carved pieces with collectors in my mind.
I have had the most interesting and wonderful life anyone could ask
for. For about 13 years I live on the Central Coast of California
in the little
artist village of Cambria, California were I started driftwood. Today
my husband and I live in Springfield, Oregon and I am still carving
creative art. I create a lot
of my pieces out of driftwood I find on Pacific coast beaches. I
wonderful family and I am still living my dream of creating unique and
I hope you enjoy browsing through the galleries on my site and I do
hope you find a piece of my art to fall in love with. May God
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