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640 lb. Sauropod Femur

About Doug Goodreau - Professional Pumpkin Carver

I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 to attend a makeup effects school and work in the film industry.  What better way to fully express my artistic interests than designing and fabricating creatures for movies?  
However, special effects jobs generally don't provide a consistent paycheck.  While looking for related work, I stumbled into the funeral industry like an open grave.  Mortuary work allowed me to further develop my makeup & sculpture skills, gain valuable reference material for horror films, and maintain a flexible schedule when  movie projects came along.   My newfound intrest compelled me to go on to graduate from Cypress College's Mortuary Science Program in 1990, specializing in restorative art (reconstruction of severe trauma cases).  Mortuaries were excited to have a "Hollywood Makeup Artist" working for them, while FX crews enjoyed having a "real mortician" to consult with on their team; my skill sets complimented these two industries perfectly.   


In the next few years following, I began doing fossil preparation work in the vertebrate paleontology department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Interestingly, I could once again readily apply my now well honed skills in sculpting, molding, casting, and painting to paleontology as I prepare fossils; filling in the missing pieces to real monsters in an effort to resurrect them from the past for display in the present


Dinosaurs, as well as prehistoric beasts that have yet to be discovered,  stimulate our imaginations and motivated me to become more proficient in art as it applies to science.  Graduating from California State University Northridge in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in sculpture, I continue to work full-time at the museum and part-time as an independant contract embalmer.  I completed my Master's degree in business management by 2008 at the University of Redlands, treating paleontology as a "business", my extended education enables me to run a fossil preparation lab for the NHM's Dinosaur Institute, as well as manage a quarry & do field work, quite well. 


Now, when Halloween creeps around each year, I find the culmination of my past experiences and continuous need for artistic expression possesses me to carve pumpkins!  This ancient art is rich in history, but allows each of us to apply our own individual modern, macabre twist.  I hope some of my vegetarian-mixed media sculptures will inspire you to carve something completely different than the not so scary triangle eyes.  Yes, it's time to,"think outside the squash!" Embrace your most frightening thoughts, and impliment them as your sharpest carving knife to design a truly unique, Halloween decoration.   

Hallmark Channel: Home & Family - Dinosaur Puppets

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