Stefane Bougie is the second born in a family of three sons, all of
whom are bird carvers. Stefane has always lived in the Valleyfield (Qc)
region. His talent developed at a very young age thanks to his devoted
and very understanding parents who allowed him to have a small zoo in
their home, with butterflies, frogs, feathers and bird nests. Ducks then
joined the group in the family room situated in the basement.
Following his older brother's footsteps, Stefane started to sculpt in
1982 and in 1983 he was initiated to first competition in Montreal.
His discovery of Pat Godin in 1986 led him to his growing and great interest
for the competition of bird sculpture. In addition to Godin's influence, there
were also many others such as Victor Paroyan, Bob Guge and most certainly Jett
and Jude Brunet.
In 1982 he started to compete internationally with a miniature black duck. He
won second prize (novice); this was to be the first of many winning pieces in other
numerous competitions throughout Canada and the United States.
Stefane uses different methods in order to execute a piece: Observation on
the field; photographs to choose the luminosity, the general ambiance or to capture
a movement and ornithology books where he gets lots of written or visual information
such as birds' skin and videos. Evidently, he also uses a lot of his own imagination.
Although he specializes in ducks and birds of prey, for Stephane a bird
carver knows no boundaries but has interests in all the winged fauns in East North
America. Striving for perfection, he participates in many discussions with his carver
and painter friends and reads scientific material frequently. Two words describe
well Stefane Bougie's work: diversity and quality. More of his work can be seen at
Stefane's Home Page.