Ron Grangier has been involved with art his entire life. He began by making his own duck decoys to use out on Chesapeake Bay as a teenager. He spent countless hours observing the waterfowl and their relaxed temperament. This inspired him to carve the birds in unique natural forms such as preening other than the typical decoy poses which smart game would come to recognize. He also made some with deep keels to catch the slight movement of the undercurrent which make his decoys “dance” when other commercial decoys would sit frozen on the surface. In 1999, Ron was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and was told he had a 60% chance to live two more years. It was from his experience combatting cancer that his greatest artistic vision began. He used art to keep his focus on survival despite overwhelming odds. He began to “see” into a subject matter and to “feel” it. After extensive radiation, chemotherapies and radical surgery, he began having mini-strokes. In order to make his brain work, Ron began writing 14-line poems. He combined his sonnet writing with carving to create what he describes as his “Sonnetsculpts”. This combination of carving and writing is uniquely Ron’s very own creation. He has competed at the world class level for many years, winning numerous awards at the Ward Museum world championship and he has been voted “People’s Choice” Best in Show twice! Ron has two large ”Sonnetsculpts” in the J. Millard Tawes Museum in Crisfield, MD. Ron considers his works to be a celebration of life!