Youâ€™d be forgiven for assuming that Sue Talbot is a taxidermist. With the intricate detail, realistic colors, perfect anatomy and lifelike posing of her bird carvings, itâ€™s hard to tell theyâ€™re carved from wood.
And often that process requires a lot of preparation to bring her avian visions to life.
â€œI have to â€˜feelâ€™ them,â€ Talbot said. â€œThere are projects that Iâ€™m working with, internally, for several years before I am ready to begin carving.â€
Talbot was always creative, and she attended college at an art school. But after marrying, she opened a garden center that she ran for 25 years. With a daughter soon arriving, and her time-consuming small business, her artistic ambitions were tertiary. Sheâ€™d come home after a long day only to draw and paint late into the night; eventually, she began burning out.