Art2wood and Castoria Wood are the trade mark names for the quality handcrafted and painted work of Sheryl and Gary Benson of Alamosa, Colorado. Since 1998 we have been creating handcrafted art and have sold to individuals, schools, and churches all over the world and the United States. We create from our own patterns and from patterns that we have purchased. We do not use kits, pre-made figures, or farm out work to other individuals.
Sheryl and I have been married for Fifty-seven years and have spent those years in the high valley mountain town of Alamosa, Colorado. Sheryl is a retired Ill clerk at the local city library and I am a retired high school Social Studies Teacher. In 1998 when I was thinking of retiring Sheryl bought me a scroll saw and the rest is history. Neither of us were artists and we never dreamed that we would start a second career as artists. Self taught we have done 12 to 16 shows a year and have our art in 50 countries and all fifty states. We work in acrylics with wood, canvas and slate. We paint folk art, fine art, and many things that full within several schools of art. We believe that art should be available to a wide variety of people and have tried to keep our prices at a level that allows this to take place. It must have worked since we have sold over 25 thousand pieces during that 25 years.