About Us


As a kid I grew up in a disfunctional environment. I learned early in life that having a positive attitude, being well mannered, polite and courteous we some of the keys needed to be successful. Early in my career I realized if the lady of the house didn't like my art it would be hung behind the water heater in a dark and damp basement. When my clients are happy, I'm happy.
Avian or bird taxidermy is the most difficult and tedious form of taxidermy to excell in. For those two reasons a good bird taxidermist will be booked up for months or even years. No one except myself touches my clients mounts. Ther is no room for mistakes. 

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 the first grade when he caught his first salamander. It was at the age of nine 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 the late 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