December 2021 3-D Featured Artist Ken Yacavone
Ken Yacavone returns to the gallery by popular request. He first became interested in carving waterfowl in the late 1980s after noticing duck decoys in the Outer Banks. “I was inspired by antique ducks and shorebird decoys,” said Ken. “I now draw my own patterns, and most of my creations are carved by hand with little use of power tools. Most of my work is painted with oils.”
After spending years cleaning up beaches he visited, Ken saw an opportunity to combine his artistic abilities with his concerns about the environment. He soon began incorporating plastic pollution recovered from the ocean in his creations. One of his duck beach pollution statement pieces is at Ding Darling National Refuge where it is used in programs to educate the public about plastics in the environment. His pollution decoys are also displayed in Hawaii and Ohio. Yacavone, now a resident of Cape Coral, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Youngstown State University. Since retiring he has won awards for his work in Ohio and California as well as Florida.