Ivy Billiot

Ivy Billiot

 

IVY Billiot is a self-taught artist who hand carves and paints the birds & animals who inhabit his home territory of Houma, Louisiana.  Houma is not only home to abundant water and wetlands, but a culture rich in traditions of the Houma Indian Nation.

Ivy’s father, Cyril Billiot, was a major influence and a wood carver himself, but Ivy found his own voice, his own visions and refined his sculptures in his own way.

Single and now in his 60’s, Ivy has recently experienced ill health and we are super thrilled that his has recovered and begun carving again. For much of his working life he was a chain saw operator, but in the mid-1980’s he began carving and sculpting full time.

Ivy uses primarily Tupelo, Cedar, and bass wood, but has branched out recently to using cypress or white pine, as Tupelo has become more and more difficult to source. He uses acrylic paints and recently began adding an iridescent coat of paint where appropriate….

Selected Works

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Scarlet Tanager, Pine Sisken

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: Approximately 5" long
$ 50.- each (IB215, 229)

Mysterious Crow

Hand Carved Red Cedar Wood, Acrylic Paint.
size: 16" Long
$200.- (IB235)

Painted Throat Vireo

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: 3" long
$45.- (IB213)

Awesome Crow

Hand Carved Red Cedar Wood, Acrylic Paint.
size: 16" Long
$200.- (IB236)

Elegant Tern

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: Approximately 5" long
$50.- (IB214)

Spotted Towhee

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: Approximately 5" long
$45.- (IB209)

Yellow Throat Vireo & Common Grackle

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: Approximately 5" long
$50.- & $45.-each (IB230, 219)

Painted Redstart

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: Approximately 5" long
$45.- (IB224)

Blackbird

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: Approximately 5" long
$45.- (IB210)

Goldfinch "Birdy Brooch"

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: 4 1/4" long
$45.- (IB234)

Scarlet Tanager "Birdy Brooch"

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: 4 1/4" long
$45.- (IB233)