Beauty in Death
Carmen became intrigued by the beauty & sculptural form of wildlife remains found on the family's 98,000 acre ranch, Blaauwkrantz, in the beautiful Sundays River Valley of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
With her background in art & design, she combines various mediums - paint, mosaic, decoupage, fabric & tanned skins or leather, with gemstone cabochons & a wide variety of beads, pearls & crystals - giving new life to the departed.
The skulls are cleaned & prepared for decoration, using traditional taxidermy methods. Due to the abundance & variety of wildlife on the property, Carmen has acquired a large & enviable collection of skulls.
She caters mostly to the client base of the family hunting outfit, Blaauwkrantz Safaris, where an order is shipped with the client's trophies via the taxidermist. She is however open to commissions, if available. Contact her directly at the studio to discuss options.
Carmen is married to Eardley & they have two children, Caleb & Christina.