Pyrography Gallery - Wood Burning Art Portraits

Pyrography portraits of famous and not-so famous people

It was my fascination with old sepia-toned photos that inspired me to find a way to create that style with my wood burning. My wood burning technique which I refer to as the "smooth shading technique" gives the appearance of an old-style sepia photo which is just what I was trying to create in my portraits. It is a technique where you use the wood burning pen much like a paint brush creating smooth, blended shading that is detailed and clear.

While growing up and beginning my artistic development, I struggled with portraits and swore never to do them again. Now, with pyrography I have found a new passion in my portraits. A portrait artist, turned pyrographer, Lynda Gibbs Eaves, said this of my portraits. "Nedra's portraits are not just a copy of a photograph, but they actually capture the 'breath of life' of the person". 

If you would like to purchase one of my original wood burnings or would like to have a portrait done of a loved one, please contact me for a quote.

Commissioned portraits

Prices start at $350 for a head-and-shoulders pose of a single person on 8 x 10 inch 1/4" thick standard wood suitable for framing. Other woods, multiple people, full body portraits, or ones with scenic back-grounds will add to the basic price. Pricing will be more for additional people ($200/person), larger size, exotic woods, etc.

A retainer of 50% is required before beginning work on your portrait. You will receive updated photos of the portrait on a private page on our website so you can see the progress. About half way through the portait the balance of the payment is due. If, at this point you are unhappy with the work you can cancel the order but there will be no refund of the Retainer.

Rush orders are accepted with a 50% surcharge for delivery in less than three months.

Orders can be paid by credit card through PayPal or by personal check or money order.

I work from photographs you provide. It is preferred that you send a high resolution (300 dpi) digital image approximately 8 x 10 emailed or on a CD for me to work from. 


"Mel Gibson" original pyrography by Nedra Denison.

 Mel Gibson

12" Scalloped Edge Plate

This portrait was featured in my 1st book, "Lifelike Pyrography from Photographs". This burning was done when he was in his prime, long before his fall from grace.

Won 1st place

2004 Northwest Woodcarvers Show, Puyallup, WA

Price:  $150.00

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Madison DiMauro

This portrait was another early portrait of the oldest daughter of my niece Jody. It was given to Maddy's parents as a gift.

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"Madison" original pyrography by Nedra Denison.


"President George W. Bush" original pyrography by Nedra Denison.

President George W. Bush

This was done as a commission


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Ben Cillie

This portrait was one of my first portraits. Ben is the oldest son of my niece, Amy. It was given to Ben's parents as a gift.

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"Baby Ben" original pyrography by Nedra Denison.


"The Duke" original pyrography by Nedra Denison.

 "The Duke"
12" Scalloped Edge Plate

Won 1st Place

2003 Chip 'O Texas Woodcarving Show

Harlingen, TX


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