So many things going on around here — the highlight is opening a gallery last week! More updates on the last year to come in a highly verbose essay on doing a 180 on your life in the blink of an eye (you know, things like giving away 90% of personal belongings, buying a cabin in the Oregon wilderness sight unseen, restoring a crappy Westfalia Eurovan and driving your family across the country in search of a new lifestyle…) Soooooon!
For now, a piece from my gallery exhibition that tugs on my heartstrings – it’s a piece of from my Folklore of Kentucky Collection (glass horse on a salvaged slab of Ponderosa Pine).
A solid afternoon of hammering metal and feeling the heat from a 1500-degree kiln – it’s really good to be back working again!
Derby season is upon us, inspiring these kiln-fired equine beauties. I salvaged a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel stave to anchor them, in keeping with our bluegrass traditions. This piece is named “Calumet” after my favorite Kentucky horse farm . . .
This is a new series I’ve started inspired by migratory patterns of the soul. This flourished out of the healing process of losing my mother. She was an avid quilter, a maker of beautiful things. For the past couple years I’ve been captivated by her many books of quilts and patterns. I’ve begun to incorporate my favorite of these patterns with paint on salvaged wood, wire-brush distressing and staining them, and then doing what I know best – forging metal and enameling – butterflies to embellish the patterns. This series is somewhat an extension of the “Meditation on Loss” series, reflecting on the flight the soul takes through life and rebirth. . . in any way you believe that to be. . .
“Sadie Star” and “Cynthiana”
I’m so honored to be profiled in StyleBlueprint FACES of Louisville this month! It was a fun day talking with Heidi and Adele and creating a small on-the-fly custom chalkboard piece!
I’ll probably always be redesigning and redecorating my house, but for now I’m in love with the kitchen my husband built out this past summer. . . and I’m honored to have it (and part of our house) featured in StyleBlueprint this month! See it and read the backstory of our home here!
A new series of paintings is in the works! This one is inspired by the loss of two of the most important people in my life and the subsequent birth of my son – the circle of life and loss. Here’s an excerpt from an essay I wrote on the subject:
“This series explores life and loss with a reliance on symbols to represent the soul. Looking at loss through this form of naturalism transforms grief into remembrance in a way that exults the person lost by giving life in another form, carrying on the soul through the spirit animals and objects depicted in the paintings.”
More to come. . .