I am inspired by the natural beauty of leaves and flowers, and the hidden worlds of fossils.
I am especially inspired by ancient cultures, their art, and artists. From rock art and Native American petroglyphs to Roman mosaics, silk art, I am amazed at the beauty created by ancient artists using ancient techniques and tools. Creating one of my pieces with by carving plaster and using forms might take me 8 or so work hours. When I think about how long it took the original artist to create an image by carving it out of stone, I am humbled. Since we can’t take home ancient art, I choose to create pieces that history, science, and art lovers can display and enjoy.
Creating petroglyph plaster relief
I create petroglyph bas relief by layering plaster and using hand-made forms to create the images. In this photo, taken in my studio, I'm using a trowel. Trowels and palette knives are the principles tools I use to form the images. When the plaster is dry, I color it using powder pigments and brushes.
My Piece of Heaven
This photo shows my studio . . . or my little piece of heaven. I have my work displayed on the "office" side, and you can see through the arch to the "creating" side.