Hello, my name is Bee Locke. I am the self-taught artist behind all the work you see here. It is my hope that when you view my artwork, you are reminded of the unending beauty that Nature provides. I strive to create artwork that will be useful, inspiring, and cherished.
I am currently writing a book about pyrography which will be available for purchase in 2020!! I am grateful for the exciting opportunity to share my passion and knowledge about woodburning with those who wish to learn. See my Book page for more info!
Growing up, making art was always my happy place. I have a lot of childhood memories of drawing pictures for loved ones, filling up sketchbooks with faces and designs, and loving any chance I got to use my creativity and imagination. I remember being asked in the third grade what I wanted to be when I grew up, and enthusiastically answering “I want to be an artist!” Although the art has always flowed easily from me, it took many years to develop the confidence and discipline which has led me down this path of realizing my long held dream of being a full time artist. For me, making art is not just my livelihood, it is an essential part of my nature which beckons to be tended to. I find myself most at peace when I am lost in some small details, either rendering the small details of my artwork or being captivated by the small details and textures of the vastly gorgeous and biodiverse land I am privileged to be living on.
I first was introduced to pyrography in 2009. Beginning with just an old soldering iron, I quickly became interested in the versatility of woodburning, the wonderful aroma of smoke, the rich sepia tones it produced, and the unique quality of each wooden “canvas.” Through many years of practice and multiple tool upgrades, I found my unique style and cultivated an enthusiasm for the art of pyrography.
I work from my home studio in the lush mountains of North Carolina where I live and learn with my partner Rob, our lively daughter, our two sweet pups, and 21 acres of rural beauty.
I sincerely thank you who may be reading for your interest in my work, and I look forward to many years of making art to come with the support of so many wonderful customers, friends, and family who make this all possible.