Lancaster artist Candice Oxnard loves working with wood for

LANCASTER – Candice Oxnard is a multimedia artist with a particular love for wood.

“Art is my calling,” she said.  “I am a visual learner, and I like being a visual storyteller as well. I think art is like the whipped cream of life: It makes everything a little more delicious.”

Currently, she creates jewelry, wall signs, succulent pots, candle holders, holiday tree ornaments, trinket boxes and more.

Oxnard has been making art as long as she can remember.  She started producing wood art about 10 years ago, where she would draw and then burn an image onto wood, color it with watercolor pencils, and finish it with polyurethane.

That progressed to working with a laser.

Laser-cut wood earlings, created by Candice Oxnard in her O.r.i.g.i.n.a.t.e brand.

She began designing jewelry and other items out of laser-cut wood and acrylic in March  2020 out of her home, coincidentally just as the pandemic started. She had previously rented art studio space in Hudson and Lowell, but the cost became too expensive, especially while exploring creating different types of art.

“Wood just holds a special place in my heart,” Oxnard said. “I love the different grains and colors and how light weight it is from an earring perspective. You can leave it with just a thin coat of clear finish or you can add color with paint. Plus it’s sturdy if you want to build things like trinket boxes or tiered trays.”