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Hippie North - Wood Burning Art

What started as a simple DIY project has become a career for wood-burning artist Court O'Reilly, also known as Hippie North. Using pyrography tools, she uses wood as her canvas for incredibly realistic depictions of animals and plants. She's gotten so good that she's even produced a stunning self-portrait that completely captures her likeness.

O'Reilly's journey with pyrography began when she decided to engrave initials into a cherry wood canoe paddle that she purchased as a gift for someone. After finding the process relaxing, she began creating more and more pieces. Now, she is fully engaged in the process, which begins with selecting the perfect piece of wood. From there, she creates a design that is very often inspired by flora and fauna.

“My artwork includes flora and fauna to deepen the earthy storytelling the wood already has to offer,” she tells My Modern Met. “I hope that through observing my art, people will feel like they’re immersed on a peaceful hike in the forest.”

O'Reilly is not only passionate about creating her own pyrography. She enjoys sharing the secrets of her wood-burning art with others and does so through her YouTube channel and TikTok. She also has an online course for those looking to get started with pyrography, as well as a book. If you are looking to take home a piece of her art, she has original pieces available on her website and also takes commissions.

Court O'Reilly is known for her incredible pyrography of flora and fauna.

Court O'Reilly Pyrography Art

Hippie North Pyrography

Court O'Reilly Wood Burning Art

Court O'Reilly Pyrography Art

Hippie North - Wood Burning Art

Court O'Reilly Pyrography Art

Her wood-burning art is incredibly realistic, and she often posts images of her creative process online.

Court O'Reilly Wood Burning Art

Court O'Reilly Wood Burning Art

Hippie North - Wood Burning Art

Hippie North Pyrography

Court O'Reilly Pyrography Art

She even produced a “selfie” that is incredibly realistic.

Hippie North Wood Burning Art Self Portrait

Hippie North Wood Burning Art Self Portrait

Hippie North Wood Burning Art Self Portrait

“I hope that through observing my art, people will feel like they’re immersed on a peaceful hike in the forest.”

Hippie North - Wood Burning Art

Hippie North Pyrography

Hippie North Pyrography

Hippie North Pyrography

Hippie North Pyrography

Court O'Reilly Wood Burning Art

Court O'Reilly: Website | Instagram | YouTube

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Court O'Reilly.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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