The following are examples of some of the natural history sculptures created over the years by Gary Hoyle for museums and individuals.
The turtle sculptures have a carved polystyrene core. The core of the shell is overlaid with a layer of epoxy-clay, which is shaped, allowed to set, then sanded. The scutes [growth plates on the surface of the shell] are drawn on this sanded surface, creating a "map" for sculpting scutes individually. The head and neck, limbs and tail are sculpted separately. The eyes are also made separately. After all parts are painted, they are joined with epoxy-clay then the joints are colored to match the rest of the turtle.
Mr. Hoyle developed a process of creating artificial ice, which he has used both in museum exhibit work and as a fine arts medium. This example is a 36" by 22" by 5" wall hanging.
The "Rock" was created with mixed media - life mask molding, wire mesh, kalkote base plaster, real treated lichens and glass eyes.