NC Now | Animal Art: Taxidermy in NC | UNC-TV

NC Now | Animal Art: Taxidermy in NC | UNC-TV

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♪>>MY NAME IS
AMY RITCHIE-CARTER, AND MY BUSINESS
IS AMY’S ANIMAL ART.>>IN STATESVILLE, NORTH
CAROLINA, YOU’LL FIND THIS YOUNG WIFE AND MOTHER OF TWO SMALL
CHILDREN DOING A UNIQUE JOB SHE HAS LOVED SINCE SHE WAS JUST 13
YEARS OLD.>>WE LIVED ON A FARM. AND THERE WAS A LOT OF WOODS. SO WE SAW A LOT OF ROAD KILL
ANIMALS. AND THE FIRST ONE I EVER DID WAS
A SNAKE. I FOUND A KING SNAKE ON THE SIDE
OF THE ROAD, AND I THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE IT INTO A NICE BELT.>>27-YEAR-OLD AMY
RITCHIE-CARTER IS A COMPETITIVE TAXIDERMIST. SHE HAS WON RIBBONS AND AWARDS
AT NUMEROUS NATIONAL AND WORLDWIDE COMPETITIONS FOR
ANIMAL ARTWORKS THAT OTHERS IN THE BUSINESS CALL EXCELLENT AND
VISIONARY.>>TAXIDERMY IS DEFINITELY A
TRUE ART. IT’S WAY MORE THAN JUST SKINNING
AND PUTTING A HIDE ON A FORM. THERE’S SO MANY DIFFERENT
ASPECTS THAT GO INTO IT, EVERYTHING FROM SCULPTING TO
BEING A GOOD FLAT ARTIST, YOU NEED TO BE, TO REALLY EXCEL IN
TAXIDERMY. YOU’VE GOT TO JUST WEAR A LOT OF
DIFFERENT HATS TO BE A GOOD TAXIDERMIST, AND IT’S DEFINITELY
AN ART.>>HER INTEREST BEGAN AS A YOUNG
TEEN WHEN AMY’S FATHER, A MAIL CARRIER, WOULD BRING HER ROAD
KILL FROM HIS ROUTE TO PRACTICE HER NEW HOBBY.>>HE’D BE DELIVERING THE PAPERS
AT 5:00 A.M. AND SEE ALL OF THE REALLY FRESH ROAD KILLS FROM
THAT MORNING. SO HE BROUGHT ME EVERYTHING FROM
DEER TO RACCOON HE HAD FOUND LAYING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. I LIKE DOING ANIMALS THAT YOU
DON’T SEE EVERY DAY, YOU KNOW. I THINK SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS
SO MUCH BETTER THAN JUST LETTING HIM ROT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. NOW HE’S PRESERVED FOREVER AND
EVERYBODY CAN SEE HIM.>>EACH PIECE IS NOT JUST A
MOUNT ON THE WALL. AMY CAREFULLY THINKS OF THE
NATURAL MOTION AND ENVIRONMENT FOR EACH ANIMAL AND WORKS
COUNTLESS HOURS TO CARVE AND SHAPE THE FOAM THAT WILL BE THE
BODY FOR HER WORK.>>I START WITH THE CARCASS OF
THE ANIMAL, AND I MAKE A TRACING ONTO PAPER, TRANSPOSE THAT ONTO
THIS BLUE FOAM, WHICH COMES IN A LARGE BLOCK, AND THEN I CUT THAT
OUT AND START CUTTING AND SANDING UNTIL I GET JUST THE
RIGHT SHAPE OF THE ANIMAL.>>FROM BIG CATS TO BEAVERS,
FOXES, AND EVEN BABY LIONS AND TIGERS WHO DIED NATURALLY,
LEGALLY GIFTED TO AMY FROM A FRIEND AT A ZOO, AMY SAYS EACH
ANIMAL GETS A NEW LIFE, SO TO SPEAK, WITH HER ART
INTERPRETATION.>>I LIKE TO TRY TO THINK OF
DIFFERENT CONCEPTS, YOU KNOW. WHEN IT COMES TO COMPETITION
TAXIDERMY, A LOT OF THINGS HAVE ALREADY BEEN THOUGHT OF, AND
IT’S CHALLENGING TO TRY TO THINK OF SOMETHING NEW, AND YOU
DEFINITELY WANT TO DO SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TCATCH PEOPLE’S
EYE. SO I CAME UP WITH THAT CONCEPT
OF A BOBCAT JUST KIND OF LICKING HIS PAW, BECAUSE THEY DO ACT A
LOT LIKE YOUR HOUSE CATS IN A LOT OF WAYS.>>ALONG WITH THE AWARDS, AMY’S
ANIMAL ART TAXIDERMY HAS BEEN FEATURED ON NETWORKS SUCH AS THE
DISCOVERY CHANNEL AND MTV. OVER THE YEARS, SHE HAS HEARD
BOTH POSITIVE AND EXTREMELY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT HER LINE
OF WORK. BUT SHE BRUSHES THE NAYSAYERS
ASIDE AND NEVER GIVES UP HER PASSION OF DOING PRECISE AND
QUALITY TAXIDERMY.>>SOME OF MY COMPETITION PIECES
TAKE IN EXCESS OF 50 TO 60 HOURS. I THINK BEING A FEMALE IN THE
TAXIDERMY BUSINESS IS GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY SHOW A
GIRL CAN DO EVERYTHING A GUY CAN DO. THIS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE JUST A
MALE-DOMINATED JOB. AND, IF ANYTHING, FEMALES ARE
SOMETIMES BETTER AT IT BECAUSE WE’RE VERY DETAIL-ORIENTED. WE’RE USED TO PUTTING ON MAKEUP
IN THE MORNING, AND A LOT OF THAT ACTUALLY APPLIES TO DOING
FINISH WORK ON TAXIDERMY.>>AMY ALSO DOES THE USUAL DEER
MOUNTS AND HAS HER OWN LOYAL FAN FOLLOWING, INCLUDING NASCAR
DRIVER RYAN NEWMAN.>>THIS IS RYAN’S MOST RECENT
BOOK FROM THIS ARCHERY SEASON. I ACTUALLY DID HIS VERY FIRST
DEER HEADS FOR HIM. HE IS RELATIVELY NEW TO HUNTING. SO I’M HIS FIRST AND ONLY
TAXIDERMIST, WHICH IS AN HONOR TO ME.>>BUT HER LOVE IS COMPETITION,
AND SHE SAYS SHE’LL KEEP GOING UNTIL SHE HAS THE PERFECT
PRIZE-WINNING EXHIBIT.>>IN THE FUTURE, I JUST HOPE
THAT I CAN CONTINUE TO IMPROVE IN MY SKILL TO WHERE MAYBE ONE
DAY I CAN WIN A WORLD TITLE AT THE WORLD SHOW. I THINK AT THIS POINT THAT’S MY
REAL GOAL. I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE HOME BEST
IN WORLD. AND, IF NOT, YOU KNOW, I’M JUST
GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO WHAT I LOVE, WHICH IS CREATING THESE
ARTISTIC PIECES THAT REALLY TELL A STORY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THESE
PIECES, IT’S LIKE IT’S A FREEZE FRAME OF SOMETHING
STRAIGHT OUT OF NATURE, AND THAT’S WHAT I’M GOING FOR.

15 thoughts on “NC Now | Animal Art: Taxidermy in NC | UNC-TV

  • Maeve Dana Post author

    Thank you Amy. Your work is absolutely beautiful!

  • Phee Phee Post author

    Wow I love your artwork and it makes me so happy that you don't hunt the animals and that they die from Natural causes do you sell your taxidermy?

  • Greg giono Post author

    Amy you need your own channel a million subscribers!

  • Alysani01 Post author

    I like how she doesnt hunt them to use and she used animals who died naturally.

  • Luke Cage Post author

    Cool!

  • emma Carlson Post author

    I'm pretty sure she hunts though

  • Alien 51 Post author

    Amy: dats a good artwork……
    Besides dat….. Let me tell u something……
    I think u r beautiful……
    …….. U r da princess I ever dreamt with….. Id like to meet someone like β™₯ u β™₯

  • Paul Anthony Post author

    You are an inspiration to all taxidermists and to the public who get to see your incredible true life replicas of animals who get a new life. Great job!!

  • mark dunhill Post author

    What kind of foam u r using

  • Zaikirix Channel Post author

    Ethical taxidermy is so interesting

  • Saul Eggleston Post author

    Amy, truely amazing beautiful work! I am a fan for sure!

  • Legendary Skulls Post author

    Sweet deal a hot taxidermist

  • POLAR BEAR Post author

    Now you really want me to believe they died naturally even a road kill isn't naturally but you do very good work. Keep up the good work it way to many people who are lay abouts nowadays.

  • Ron Cooke Post author

    Gee such a professional lady !! Beautiful personality !! GO for it you certainly have what it takes !! EXTREMELY great artist!! Love your work so so natural !! Best wishes for your artistic future and a fulfilling life!! Regards Ron!! From Tasmania Australia!! πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦ŒπŸ¦†πŸΏπŸ¦‰πŸ¦‡πŸ¦πŸ•ŠπŸ¦…πŸ¦ŠπŸ¦ƒπŸ€πŸ

  • Elizabeth Carter Post author

    That’s my momπŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό

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