Clark Derbes, born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Baton Rouge, currently lives and works in Vermont with his wife, artist Wylie Sofia Garcia, and their son. Derbes was exposed at an early age to the vernacular craft arts of the south, including; vibrantly painted carvings, quilts, and the beaded pageantry of Mardi Gras. These influences, along with the road-side chainsaw carvings witnessed in Vermont, collided with his practice of ab-ex geometric painting. His current body of carved and poly-chromed wood sculpture are a synthesis of these influences; a gumbo of american art history stirred with the wooden spoon of folk-tradition.