Cameron McIntryre

Cameron McIntyre was born in Beaufort, S.C. in November 1968. He is one of a dying breed of carvers who works exclusively with hand tools in the manner of the great decoy makers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cameron's lifelong passion for old decoys combined with 20 years experience as one of the country's top decoy restorers has enabled him to work on and study some of the world's finest decoys by such makers as Nathan Cobb, Lee Dudley, Elmer Crowell, the Caines brothers, William Bowman, John Blair, the Ward brothers and countless others.

For over a decade, Cameron was the restorer for Guyette and Schmidt Inc., the world's leading decoy auction company and has done restoration for the Ward Museum in Salisbury, MD as well as almost every major decoy collector in the US and Canada. This invaluable experience has given him a special insight into the construction and painting techniques of the "old masters" of decoys. Cameron has incorporated this knowledge of methods and materials along with his own personal feeling for sculptural form, color, and patina to create his unique modern "classics".

Cameron's passion for art and the natural environment extends to his landscape paintings as well. He studied life drawing, figure and landscape painting at the University of South Carolina and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C. Cameron moved to Virginia's Eastern Shore in 1989 and has been painting continually since then in quiet seclusion, studying, absorbing and interpreting the surrounding natural landscape. He has had numerous one-man and group shows across the country. His tonalist-impressionist landscapes reflect his love for color, sparse design, and the peacefulness of the environment surrounding his farm on the Eastern Shore where he lives and works. A dedicated conservationist, Cameron and his wife placed their farm in a permanent conservation easement in 2006 through the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust where Cameron served two terms as a board member.