The idea behind the Gnarled Branch first evolved in 2004 when David Irvine noticed a wooden table that was discarded in the trash. He repaired it, refinished it and it became a beautiful painted piece of functional art. The positive reaction to it from friends and family paved the way for Dave to expand from traditional art formats (i.e. canvas, paper, board etc) into making furniture art.
As well as furniture Dave tried his hand at painting glass ornaments. As a Christmas gift for his wife Noreen, Dave created an ornament featuring a pixie holding a lantern with moss and small stones glued to add depth to the design. Feeling quite taken by it for it’s detail and uniqueness, along with the furniture that received so much positive feedback, she felt that they should start a business to fully market Dave’s abilities as a professional artist.
From there the Gnarled Branch was born.
Being an active home-based business, the Gnarled Branch attends various art festivals which causes most people to stop for a second look to admire the originality, humour and skill that Dave applies to his work.
We love Dave’s unique idea of painting directly on to lightbulbs, fruit and other unusual objects. Check out some of out favourites, and the ones we’d like to see on out Christmas tree, below.
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