Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in the arts for the past thirty-one years as a teacher in the public and private sectors, as the author of six books and contributor to seven others, and contributing editor to several periodicals in the United States and Europe. Desiree has been creating wood sculptures of mammals since 1985.
Desiree’s beautiful and ornate carvings can be found nationally as well as internationally. In art competitions she has garnered twenty-one best-of-show honors, over one hundred first place awards, and seven people’s choice awards. She continues to teach seminars throughout the United States and Canada, and in 1997 was asked to travel to Germany to consult on a book on carving a wolf. Commissions include Disney Animal Kingdom and the National Forest Products Association. Desiree was a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America and the first female.
In April of 2003 Desiree was the third recipient of the Wood Carving Illustrated Woodcarver of the Year award which is presented annually to national and international carvers.
2011 travels include Florida, Arizona, North Dakota, Washington, Colorado & Oregon. She will judge competitions in Florida and Arizona and be featured exhibitor at a show in North Dakota.