Daniel .J. Hudson

South Slave
Fort Smith
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I grew up in an artistic family, and followed in the footsteps of by father and great Uncle Sonny Macdonald when I started bone carvings. Around 2010, I trained myself to carve caribou antler and feel I have really found my niche. It is very satisfying when I am done and the antler is pretty stylish on its own. That is what I like about it.

I mainly carve depictions of my homeland of Wood Buffalo National Park. The land and its animals inspire me. Bison and eagles are my signature creations. There is something about the fact that the antler would have rotted away or be covered by vegetation – and now it is here for all to see and I am proud of being able to make that happen.

I really need to have a clean mindset when I detail my carvings and it takes a lot out of me. Sometimes I have a plan and other times I see it in the natural grain of the antler. I draw on antler to centre my image but I do most of my carvings freehand.

I like to sell my work myself. I love to meet the people and I think they get a more well-rounded experience when I am able to talk about the art I have made.

Artist Bio: 

My name is Daniel .J. Hudson I am from Fort Smith N.W.T. I was raised outside town at Fort Fitzgerald....

Living with my Father on the farm, help me gain the knowledge of animals and the wilderness....

I would sit by may dad and learn how to carve and see how he would would pull the sculpture from within the horn, bone, ivory of wood. through the years I would also watch my great uncle Sonny Macdonald make small ivory jewelry  I would try to make an eagle head all the time over and over and he would tell me how to's about the eyes and so on.... Now so many years later i have been practicing beside my Father for the last few years trying to find a style of my own. I have come to enjoy carving in caribou horn although at first proved to be very hard to sculpt but over time I became stronger and in many sittings I became more devoted to trying to finish a full sculpture....the felling felt after finishing ones art is very motivating.... There is a great pride in some minds eye to be able to take a piece of bone or horn from the wilderness and forge within that hard material a work of art for all to see, Is rewarding to me very much as an ARTIST, for if I had not found that horn it would have surly rotted and disappeared in the vegetation....Now preserved for life....


Last Updated: April 7, 2022

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