MIKE BACLE & SUSAN LACOUTURE
I was raised south of Virginia Beach,
close to the ocean; it's where I now
own a farmand nursery that supplies
my New York company. Carving started
out as a way to relieve corporate stress,
and now I have been working with wood
for over 30 years.
The person who helped me in the early
years, and still does, is Mark McNair, a
world famous artist, and super person.
Mark’s philosophy of take your time, make
it the best you can, always comes through.
Full size swan decoys were my first projects, mostly juniper and cypress. And then,
in the late 70’s, I started coming to Nantucket, spending the summers in Sconset, and
I found that large wooden whales really interested me, and at that time not too many
people were carving wooden whales. Mermaids were my next project, which I really
enjoy, each one has a personality of its own. I do the carving and Susan Lacouture
does the painting– the really hard part! So, those are my 3 favorite subjects, but Art
is all-consuming, you'll never know all there is to know, or all the ways you can paint
something, it's endless.
I hope the carvings I do today will survive time and turn into family heirlooms that can
be handed down from generation to generation, reminding people what Nantucket is really
about. It’s Nantucket that inspires me – it’s a really special place with a super history of
the ocean. How can you not be inspired by just being here?