Comox artist Wes Seeley is pictured with his newest creation at Designer Woodworks in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox artist Wes Seeley is pictured with his newest creation at Designer Woodworks in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox sculptor creates eagle scene from mind’s eye

Wes Seeley: ‘I’ve seen this piece in my mind before I even cut out the first feather’

Over 40 years of working on boom boats, Wes Seeley has seen many spectacular moments involving eagles.

Now retired, the Comox artist translates some of those moments into wooden sculptures. His newest piece depicts a pair of clashing eagles — one clasping a snake — which is displayed at the Designer Woodworks gallery in Courtenay.

“That was so much fun to build, because it was an impact situation,” said Seeley, a self-taught artist. “That’s the beauty of this. I see eagles all the time, fighting and mating and grabbing ducks, and doing all kinds of stuff. In my mind, I have all these images that I can work from…They’re the top of the food chain, and they don’t take any crap from anybody.”

READ: Comox eagle sculptor’s latest creation details an epic battle

Seeley created the piece out of red and yellow cedar, and some Douglas Fir, which can be found locally. He also used aromatic cedar, which needed to be imported from Tennessee.

“In the old days, they would make jewelry boxes out of it, because it had such a nice smell to it.”

He also sent away for a stuffed diamondback rattlesnake — which has been pierced by the talons of the top eagle in the sculpture. The bottom eagle has slammed into the leading edge of its counterpart, bending back its feathers.

At one point in the year-long process, Seeley decided to replace a straight portion of the top eagle’s wing with a curved piece.

“That’s the fun about being an artist,” he said. “You can’t be afraid to lop off a chunk, and throw it in the fire, and build it again.”

He also notes the advantage of thinking three dimensionally.

“I’m lucky,” he said. “I’ve seen this piece in my mind before I even cut out the first feather.”

Seeley has been sculpting for about 10 years. Recently, he said the hobby has been “tending towards a living.” One completed eagle can sell for $70,000.

Before starting this project, he had completed another life-sized wood sculpture, which was two eagle sculptures connected at the wings.

“This is so much more involved; the others are single units, this is built together,” he said. “It’s all about the detail now.”

Contact Seeley at (250) 702-6601 or

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Comox artist Wes Seeley is pictured with his newest creation at Designer Woodworks in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox artist Wes Seeley is pictured with his newest creation at Designer Woodworks in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Just Posted

Michael Demers, performing here as a member of The Lonely, died May 1 after a year-long battle with leukemia. (Photo by Benji Duke)
Victoria music community mourning Michael Demers

Veteran singer-songwriter, co-founder of The Lonely dies at 63 due to leukemia

The Royal B.C. Museum has added a tamba dining set, used by a Punjabi man on his voyage to Canada in 1927, to its ‘100 Objects of Interest’ online collection. (Courtesy of Royal B.C. Museum)
Punjabi dining set added to Royal B.C. Museum’s ‘100 Objects of Interest’ collection

Set used by Indar Singh Gill on his voyage from Punjab to Canada in 1927

Victoria-born musician Bryce Dane Soderberg took to Instagram Monday to call out the Greater Victoria School District on its proposed cuts to elementary and middle school music programs. (Bryce Dane Soderberg/Instagram)
Victoria-born Lifehouse vocalist calls out SD61 on proposed music cuts

‘It will be a big loss to future generations’ Bryce Dane Soderberg posted to his Instagram

Ballet Victoria is honouring Rosemarie Liscum, the president of the board of directors who was instrumental in the building the dance company. Liscum died earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Ballet Victoria)
Rosemarie Liscum remembered as dedicated, instrumental builder of Victoria Ballet

The president of the ballet company’s board of directors died at the age of 59

Nicolle Nattrass and Michael Armstrong are presenting an online reading on May 9. (Photos courtesy Joni Marcolin/Heather Armstrong)
Nanaimo playwrights present online Mother’s Day script readings

Nicolle Nattrass and Michael Armstrong to read from in-progress plays

Marianne Turley is one of this year’s City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award winners for Honour in Culture. (Bulletin file photo)
Longtime Vancouver Island Symphony board member gets posthumous culture award

Marianne Turley receives City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award for Honour in Culture

The CVAC Fine Arts Show is always something to see and 2021 promises to be no different, as they adopt a fully multimedia approach. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show goes multimedia for 2021

The show, which runs from May 1-22 will be available both in person and online.

Dinner After a Death, a painting by Sooke artist Bryan Cathcart is part of a collection featuring his work at the Outsiders and Others Gallery in Vancouver. (Contributed - Bryan Cathcart)
Sooke artist finds creativity by expanding artistic horizons

Bryan Cathcart, 26, featured at Vancouver gallery

Viking-inspired fantasy writer Joshua Gillingham of Nanaimo and Seattle-based Islamic science fiction editor Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad are co-editing ‘Althingi – The Crescent and the Northern Star.’ (Photos submitted, illustration by Lada Shustova/Figue)
Nanaimo author co-editing historical anthology connecting Vikings and Muslims

Joshua Gilligham presents ‘Althingi – The Crescent and the Northern Star’

Saltair-based writer, Krista May. (Janet Kelly photo)
Island writers make long-list for 2021 CBC Short Story Prize

Krista May and Angie Ellis among 33 finalists selected out of over 3,000 entrants

A writer studying in England drew from her roots growing up in Sooke for a story that’s been short-listed for a prestigious international prize.
Former Sooke resident up for prestigious writing award

Cara Marks earns nomination for the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Three Legged Dog Productions performed Jesus Christ Superstar in 2019. Tim Penney photo
Non-profit plans musical renaissance in the Comox Valley

Three Legged Dog Productions is preparing for a summer residency at Filberg Park

Most Read