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"Plant a Smile in Your Garden" has been our desire from the beginning. It all started when I carved a cherub face into a rough piece of sandstone using only screwdrivers. It was a gift to my wife Deborah who immediately placed it in the flower bed and saw the potential of hand carved stones as garden accents.
A year or so later, Deb was promoting our new little business and I was sculpting stone full time. We began by participating in art festivals and selling to galleries. Commissions included The National Cathedral in Washington D.C., an ornament for the White House Christmas tree , Home and Garden Television, Botanical Gardens and even a few gravestones. Later we began casting smaller images that were sold in craft shops and appeared in a variety of mail order catalogs. Attention to detail and unique imagery landed them on the coveted covers of at least 13 catalogs. Our classic and lighthearted designs are now some of the most collected sculptures in America. Its truly a privilege to make art that touches so many lives for such a variety of reasons.
Currently I sculpt images that fascinate or challenge me. These original carvings are sought out by collectors, sent as gifts for weddings, holidays, bereavement, birthdays or any event that needs a little character and whimsey. Although many of these sculptures are displayed in sun rooms, kitchens and indoor areas, they are designed to give many years of pleasure when displayed outdoors in the garden. I guess it's appropriate the ''Garden Smile'' plaque has become our signature piece and captures the essence of that very first cherub face I carved into rough stone, simply as an unusual gift for Deborah.
So welcome to Carruth Studio! Our little company continues to thrive because of you and your support. Deb and I also wish to thank our staff who work tirelessly and with dedication to bring these delightful images safely to your door.
Thoughts From George...
So many people over the years have asked a lot of interesting questions about how I approach art and life that I decided to share with our friends some of my thoughts on various topics. I hope you enjoy them...
George Discusses The Carruth Collection
George Discusses Writing Children's Books
From Lump to Lovely - How Art is Made
George Installing Carved Stone Art
George Discusses Where He Finds Inspiration