Kim Deveaux developed a love for decorating and art during the decade she spent in the classroom teaching, and which extended into decorating for friends’ weddings, churches and homes. Her passion grew and evolved into custom engraving and carving which led to her “stumbling” upon Dr. Lew Jensen, of Provo, Utah, and his business Paragraphics which allows artisans to engrave or carve mediums including wood, rock, glass and crystal with fine detail and accuracy.
Deveaux took him up on an offer to train with him in September 2016. She is now a full-time artist and entrepreneur who works from her home-based studio.
She began her art career carving coconuts and conch shells before she moved onto carving and engraving on local wood. And has personalized one-of-a-kind cufflinks for men, mugs, wine goblets, wooden boxes, musical instruments, wine bottles, head boards, cutting boards, cabinet doors, and entry doors.
“Personalized, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, are the words I use to describe my art,” says Deveaux. “I enjoy the process of seeking the medium – from cutting wood, planing, sanding and designing. I work the product from start to finish. Where I feel, I become, and therefore have a greater appreciation for my craft.
“I love working with wood as my main medium because the finished product is so beautiful. To see a tree, or what appears to be a discarded or rotted piece of wood magically transformed once cut is amazing! Exposing the previously hidden beauty and majestic patterns and colors places a smile on my face, and I am reminded that there could only be a God who loves us to create such intricate patterns and designs on the inside of a piece of wood. For me, what some would deem as trash, I am privileged to be able to turn into an artistic piece that is treasured by my clients.”
Deveaux started working for this show during the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 and realized that she had amassed enough pieces of work to have a show. “All Wood” will be her first solo exhibition.
“In February 2020 the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation contracted me to build the Cacique Awards so I ordered supplies immediately because the event was scheduled to be held in May. By the time the lockdowns began I had most of my supplies, had been in the bush to cut a lot of the Mahogany, and was just about ready to go. So, the lockdowns for me were a very relaxing time of peace, quiet, and work. I am an early riser, so I was up from after four each morning preparing to go in the backyard and work. Most days I would work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” said Deveaux.
“COVID has really been a blessing for me. During the lockdowns I had more time to focus and be creative, so I just continued to work. Once there was wood available, I found something to make. One of the featured pieces in the exhibition is a serving tray made from pallet wood. There are a variety of local woods in the show Mahogany, Sapodilla, Horse Flesh, Woman’s Tongue, Almond, Wild Tamarind and Black Ebony – basically all wood.”
Deveaux will be holding a solo exhibition entitled “All Wood” at Doongalik Studios on Monday, October 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with COVID-19 protocols in place.
She has shown several times in the company of other wood artists, and is excited to be displaying pieces of work on her own.
“Visitors to the exhibition will experience more than 30 pieces of art ranging from cutting boards, garden ornaments, clocks, tables and wall art.”
Deveaux’s exhibition will be on display until Saturday, October 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Gallery at 394-1886 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.