Fleur - an edition of 30 sculptures

I've been working with wood for the past two decades, creating both abstract and figurative sculptures. I use over 90 percent found wood--cutoffs and random shapes I have gleaned from multiple sources. Until three years ago, all of my sculptures were painted, so it didn't really matter what was underneath. That changed when I was asked to create an installation for Oregon State University that reprised my Cumulate installation from a decade earlier. This installation consisted of hundreds of unique abstract forms, which I later organized into groups of 12-25 sculptures which were painted in similar colors and arranged high on the walls to simulate cloud forms. You can see the final installation on my website by clicking here.
Before I painted the sculptures, I arranged them on the floor of my studio and snapped this shot, which made me appreciate how nice the unpainted wood looked. I had a little stash of various hardwoods that I'd amassed over the years, and so I started shaping them and playing around with various arrangements until I had my first series of natural wood sculptures.
I decided to call them Weather Patterns, continuing a broad theme I've been working with for years that talks about the relationship between humans and nature. I think of the bases of these pieces as a building, and the upper forms as an abstraction of weather. Being in tall buildings in Chicago and noticing how the weather can be different on the ground versus being on the upper levels led me to this title. Ever since making these first three pieces, I have continued to make about a dozen one of a kind sculptures annually. Most of them are on my website, which you can see by clicking here.
This year, Artful Home asked me to create a design for their 30th anniversary celebration, so I decided to do my first-ever edition of one of these natural wood sculptures. I decided to adapt a previous design from last year that reminded me of flowers. I'm already familiar with working in production for the animal or the picketing Santas and Rabbis I sell through Artful Home, but I had never done it with this abstract work before. 

I needed to make sure I used woods that I either had or could buy in quantities large enough to create each element 30 times.
Even though I repeated the same design for my edition of 30, there are variations in wood grain that make each piece unique. The above image shows how the wenge can vary in grain.

The zebrawood offers another variety of grain options.

The black walnut base can also vary from carmel color to deep brown. Grain is also a variable factor.
On a few pieces, I thought that the evidence of the exterior of the original log was interesting, so the base is not a perfect rectangular cube.
I have posted all thirty pieces made for Artful Home on my Flickr page . (You can scroll through them here on the blog by clicking on the image below.)
Artful Home 2015 - Fleur
Each piece is signed, dated, and shows which number it is in the edition.
I also created fifteen one-of-a-kind sculptures for Artful Home, some of which are pictured below:
To see the entire collection available online, click here!


Where to find me these days......

Hey Beautiful People!

At the risk of my blog just becoming a mirror of my website, I will mention that I seem to be more actively posting on Facebook these days, so feel free to follow me there.  I also keep my website updated with upcoming shows and images of new projects.

I expect to continue to blog here from time to time when I have a project that suits keeping this kind of narrative diary. (Like a residency, new installation, etc.) I have an email list that I only use a few times a year, but let you know if there's something worth writing about.

In the meantime, here's a few shots of my studio -- I'm covering areas with the negative cutouts from my most recent public installation for the Beech Street Apartments. Enjoy!


Recycled Rain Project

I just completed my first installation in years--a bit smaller scale, but I'm really pleased with the results. It's for a local annual show called the Recycled Rain Project that opens this Saturday.  Each artist in this invitational show is asked to create a piece using rainwater to help create awareness about water issues. I decided to make a series of rainsticks featuring birds from the Pacific flyway that are on the Audubon Society's at-risk list. You can read more about it on my website by clicking here. Here's a few teaser shots:

This installation will be shown in its entirety for one night only in Portland, but will have a monthlong run at Velvet da Vinci Gallery this October.


New work for Sitka and OCAC

A few of these pieces will be in this year's Sitka Invitational

Inspired by the Stephens Creek screens, I added a bird silhouette into this one for next spring's auction at Oregon College of Art and Craft. I hope to do more like this in the near future!


Here we go.....

My screens for Stephens Creek Crossing are finally being made this week!  Here's a shot of the laser cutter in action that will be used for my project.  


Bartram's Boxes Remix: Trees Felled by Nature & Shaped by Artists

I'm honored to be included in this fantastic exhibition at Philadelphia's Center for Art in Wood. It's an invitational show about the Bartram Gardens, the oldest botanical garden in the United States.  I appear in the video at 11:11 and then again briefly at the end.  Here's a photo of me with the walking stick I made to honor the beautiful botanical illustrations of William Bartram. I have a full statement on my website, which you can read by clicking here.



I just finished a new bouquet for a show at this November's SOFA show. The show was curated by Emily Zilber for the Collectors of Wood Art. I'm thrilled to be included among this stellar list of artists.

 Photo by Dan Kvitka


final design for screens

Hey Beautiful People!

I'm still awaiting the final go-ahead for the screens, but here's a few images of my final designs for Stephens Creek Crossing with a crudely rendered in situ shot.  Can't wait to see these in place in a few weeks!


architectural screens

Hello Beautiful People!

Here's a few photos from a recent commission to design some metal screens for a Head Start play area located within Stephens Creek Crossing, a low income housing project in Portland, OR.  I have made the design using scissors and vinyl, which will be translated to computer and then to CAD so they can be laser cut out of stainless steel.  Here's some composites I took during the creation.


you're the best

Here's a trophy I was commissioned to make for National College of Natural Medicine in Portland. (names blurred in case they haven't given this year's award yet!)


Sitka wrapup

Hurrah! One of my pieces from the Sitka Invitational sold to Oregon Health Sciences University! (It's the one with the sun on top.)  Here's a nice shot of the sale from the outside that Sitka sent to me, featuring a silhouette of my large piece.


Sitka Invitational 2013

I'm so pleased to be invited to this year's Sitka Invitational--such a nice sampling of regional art.  Here are the pieces I will be showing.

Whatever doesn't sell at this weekend's event will be available in a few weeks through Velvet da Vinci Gallery.  


Walking Stick for William Bartram

I just completed and shipped the walking stick for next year's show at the Center for Art in Wood about the Bartram Gardens.  So happy with the results!

(P.S. For those of you who have asked about the previously posted image of the giant cedar logs I was commissioned to carve for a public project--my summer's getting jam packed with this and the playing card project, so the logs are still waiting for me.  Looks like this will be a project for 2014.)