Ellen McCaleb grew up on her family’s farm on Virginia’s rustic Eastern Shore. Fishing was a way of life, for pleasure as much as necessity. “I caught my first fish when I was three,” remembers Ellen. There, on that piece of Chesapeake farmland, “life was very Ecclesiastical,” says Ellen. “Everything had its time. In May came the Striped Bass, followed by the Red Drum, followed by the Black Drum. I loved fishing – you never knew what you were going to catch.”
Ellen would rather capture the spirit and beauty of a fish than create a precise, scale-by-scale replica. “The carvings have integrity as pieces of art. Someone once described my work as 80% realistic and 20% impressionistic. I think that’s fair. I’m not in the business of trying to precisely copy what Mother Nature has made. I’m more interested in creating a piece of art that tips my hat in her direction.”
Ellen lives with her husband, Jonathan Fischer, daughter Evelyn and son Nathan, in Barrington, New Hampshire. Her work can been seen on her website www.fishcarvings.com.
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