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Debra Zelenak

My work’s foundation is based on the long tradition of carved bird decoys. An intense passion for these exquisitely sculpted birds was the catalyst for my becoming an artist. Most of my sculptures are of birds.


I'm often asked “Why birds?”


The simple answer is I like birds - their beauty, graceful flight  and sometime funny antics bring me smiles of joy and laughter.


I attempt to bring forth the essence of each bird through realistic, iconic, or stylized forms. My favorite point in sculpting is when the subject emerges and ceases to be just wood, stone or metal and becomes “alive.”


Please visit my website at to see more or purchase my artwork.

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