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Jerry Simchuk grew up in the northwest where he spent his early youth fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and caring for a variety of animals on his family's small farm. During this time he also became involved with art and its various mediums. It wasn't until 1993 that, after going to a number of art shows and galleries, Jerry was drawn towards bird and fish sculptures. Deep down he knew this was going to be the medium that would be most rewarding for him and which would allow him to fully express his love of wildlife.

Soon after finishing his first carved bird in 1994, Jerry entered this work in the Boise Woodcarvers Show, where it took top honors in his division. Since then, Jerry has competed regularly at top-level bird carving shows around the country, including the Ward World Championships. He has received many awards with his wide variety of wildfowl and fish carvings since that first entry.

Over the past few years Jerry has been invited to judge at some of these same shows. Most notably, he was invited to judge at the 2004, 2005 and 2009 Ward World Championships. Jerry has been sharing his knowledge, passion and skill with others not only through judging, but also through seminars, classes and articles. He is rewarded, he says, knowing he helps others grow in their passion for this art form.

Specializing in realism, Jerry Simchuk creates sculptures which convey a strong sense of composition and life. He lives on a small farm in Kalispell, Montana.


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