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Ellen McCaleb

New Hampshire artist Ellen McCaleb was influenced by 19th-century decoy carver John B. Russell — draw knives, spoke shaves and rasps help her coax fish shapes from wood — but her techniques are her own, employing layer upon layer of oil paint and shellac to create texture and lifelike color. To see more of Ellen’s work visit

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