Pyrography is the art of burning or scorching designs on a natural surface such as wood or leather. It is an old art form practiced since the dawn of man by our ancestors who were fascinated by the power of fire. With the advent of modern technology came better tools and more refined techniques. Julie Bender is one of the foremost artists who practice this ancient art. Her works are so finely detailed that you’ll have trouble believing that the animal won’t simply leap of the panel and come right at you. Her subjects are mostly dogs, horses, and birds. She also has an entire series devoted to wildlife.
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.