Doug Oliver

Fine Wood Carvings & Sculpture
Studio #15


I also enjoy sketching with graphite, charcoal and pen and ink. In the spring of 2019, I was a part-time student at the Texas Academy of Figurative Art (TAFA) in downtown Fort Worth. We studied traditional Old World drawing techniques using Bargue Plates. This system was developed in the 1800’s for French art academies and ateliers. It was interesting to study and learn in the Atelier system and I would highly recommend the school and teachers at TAFA.

“Every block of stone/wood/clay has a statue or relief carving inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” I think about this quote from Michelangelo before I start any work.

As a wood and clay sculptor, I look for inspiration all around me, it is everywhere when you become aware. Nature, art, people and love all influence my work. What I try to capture most in my sculptures is movement and light. These elusive qualities can transform a figure or a relief in just a matter of moments. I strive to convey that sense of place by capturing its fleeting magic.

To bring life to a relief or dynamic three-dimensional forms remain exciting and fresh to me. One of my recent works, in particular, references the expressive quality of wind through drapery and the chaotic beauty of fluid/flow dynamics. My work may be found in private collections, as well as in the collection of several churches in the United States.


3420 Dowland Drive,

Flower Mound, Texas

(972) 874-3677

Texas Woodcarver