Derby season is upon us here in Kentucky! I was inspired over the weekend to create some equine beauties and salvaged a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel stave to anchor them, in keeping with our bluegrass traditions. This piece is named “Calumet” after my favorite horse farm in beautiful Lexington . . .
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 dear 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-brushing 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. . .
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!
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 soon. . .
I illustrated some of Marcus’s favorite animals for these party “paper dolls”, held up with birch discs and added enamel stars I fired last weekend. Martin and I transformed the illustrations into wrapping paper (and later stationery) for the party favor gift wrap. . .
And finally, little Marcus Aurelius with his birthday laurel crown I made him from brass (he actually kept it on all day!). . .
Thank you friends and family for making it the perfect day!