Jim Barton Kwan Yin head Jim Barton Kwan Yin body Jim Barton Kwan Yin hands

Jim Barton
Kwan Yin
Black Cottonwood sculpture
Height 6 ft, Width 3 ft

Jim Barton is the grandson of a rural Oregon sawmill owner and third generation logger. His spiritual path led him to transform family tradition by carving deities from Black Cottonwood, a tree native to the Pacific Northwest. The virtue of using this type of wood is that it dries light, and extremely hard.

Jim first learned the art of wood carving from the late Tibetan Buddhist Master, His Eminence, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. Between 2003 and 2005, Barton sculpted a series of 20 Kuan Yins and Buddhas, each one unique. This piece, sculpted in 2003, is one of Barton's most elaborate because it includes a lotus base and backdrop.

This sculpture was purchased from the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle. This piece has had the time to dry out properly, as it has been displayed indoors. Cracks in the wood are a natural occurrence and are not considered to be a defect. This sculpture now could be displayed outside, preferably semi-protected, out of the sun.

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