About Us


"I take a piece of the world and tell a story with it," says Kermit Cartwright of Chattanooga, Tennessee. "Each mount is different, and each has a different story. If I can see an animal in its natural habitat, I can establish in my mind exactly what the bird is like and the details of its environment. If not, then I have to make a careful study of photography and specimens already mounted. I spend as much preliminary time looking at birds on location and existing mounts- wherever I can find them- as I do in the final studio work," he continues.

When asked about competitions and exhibitions, Kermit sighs, "I really enjoy the competitions. But between my schedule of travels to look at birds, the sculpting projects currently underway in my studio and growing demand for my work, I have had to put first things first."

During the past decade, taxidermy has become a sophisticated art form. Though its basic techniques have changed little, its materials and styles of presentation have changed significantly. Dimensional re-creations once sought primarily by sportsmen are now prized by private art collectors, corporations, conservationists and naturalists. And this explosion of interest has encouraged Kermit to perfect his wildfowl art.

Working within these exciting changes and demand, the contemporary wildfowl specialist must be knowledgeable. He must be as familiar with anatomy as the ornithologist, as observant of species and their individual characteristics as the naturalist, and as emotionally involved with dramatic design as the artist.

Born in 1954, Kermit Cartwright has loved wildlife since his early teens. It was then that he began studying taxidermy. He continued to refine his skills at Piedmont College in Roxboro, North Carolina and during active duty in the United States Army. Since then, Kermit has worked steadily at his profession to achieve the standards of excellence he is recognized for today.

In addition to his independent studies and research, Kermit has studied with Frank Newmyer, five-time winner in world competitions, and other leading taxidermists working within the art-form school. He has completed an advanced course in anatomy and ornithology from Cornell University, and has assisted as a consultant in film and nature center projects.

After years of study and research and the technical precision that comes from long hours of studio experience, a taxidermist may finally call himself a specialist and artist. To his many admirers and collectors, Kermit Cartwright is a wildfowl specialist and a true artist who has earned widespread recognition during his career.

* Months of Research on the Okeefenokee.
* Our Habitat has been used in The Smithsonian Institute.
* Our Habitat has been used at the Liverpool Museum, Liverpool England.
* Worked 7 Years with Artist Shane Smith.
* Worked as a Chattanooga Police Officer.

(Licensed by State of Tennessee & United States Fish & Wildlife)


Kermit Cartwright

Phone: 423 697-7433



Skill or specialty: Bird Taxidermy

Years of experience: 48