Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art displayed in shadow boxes, a signature art form he developed that enchants people around the world. Since feathers are universal symbols of flight, transformation, achievement, and hope, his art speaks to many people who, like him, also long to fly.
A conservatist at heart, Maynard’s feathers are legally obtained and naturally shed which means that the birds they came from may still be alive today.
Chris Maynard’s work is included in private, public and museum collections and featured in publications in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. His book, Feathers, Form & Function, highlights his work and tells stories about what feathers are, what roles they fill for birds, and why people find them alluring.
He lives in Washington State with roots in the west: his great great grandfather started some of the first newspapers in Montana, and his great great-something grandfather was the first territorial governor of Colorado, appointed by Lincoln.