New work inspired by my home in the great mountain wilderness! These are hand-forged metal deer, enameled and mounted with gilded nails on ink + acrylic scenes on slabs of Ponderosa Pine.
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 . . .
And another couple aptly named new ones. . .
“Winning Colors” [SOLD]
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. . .
New Caffe Classico chalk installation. . .
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. . .
In their autumn glory. . .
Bright and whimsical leaves, hand-forged from copper and enameled to a rich and textured seafoam hue. They hang lightly from oxidized sterling silver earwires.