Work in Wood

“Runes, Book 3”

“Runes, Book 3” is the third relief mosaic in this series. It measures 14 x 30 x 1.75 inches, and combines painted cedar, poplar, cherry, and other woods. The patterned tiles show imprints of various bamboo sections that were strategically cut and prepared for use as printing blocks. See also the previous two posts relating… Read more »

“Runes, Book 2”

This is the second mosaic in my “Runes” series. It measures 14 x 32 x 1.75 inches and is composed of stacked painted poplar, cedar, and mahogany woods. The turquoise tiles show the imprints made by using sections of bamboo as “printing blocks” that are dipped in paint and stamped onto a surface.  This photo… Read more »

“Runes of a New Age”

Runes of a New Age is a mosaic relief in wood and bamboo, measuring 24 x 24 inches. The “runes” are dyed segments of bamboo, mounted on faceted blocks of painted wood. Interspersed within the mosaic are dyed birch tiles with imprints of designs made from pieces of bamboo. Careful attention is given to each… Read more »

“Adrift”

ADRIFT is a wood and bamboo relief mosaic measuring 32 x 18 x 3 inches. The “mast” is bamboo, as are the triangular “sails” scattered throughout the stacked, painted tesserae. The paint-splashed tiles are made of wood; they are stacked onto a layer of textured wooden shapes that are sliding around – and off –… Read more »

“Confetti Wrap”

This is the newest of my “gift-wrapped” mosaics. “Confetti Wrap” is a complex composition using variations of stacked wood tiles: green-stained wood, paint-flecked wood over metal leaf, and tiny accent pieces scattered throughout. The edges of each piece are hand-shaped and painted with gold mica, as is the “ribbon” that wraps across the panel. This… Read more »

“Forest Wrap”

Forest Wrap is a recent labor of love. I used the twisted branches found on my nature walks as the “wrap” that embraces the “forest” of walnut, cherry, mahogany, and cedar tesserae. I work intuitively, so the patterns are not pre-planned, I simply allow space for things to unfold naturally. Each of the pieces in… Read more »

“Mosaic Wraps” in Wood

I had the idea to create these mosaic “wraps” a few years ago, and had even begun to experiment with cutting “ribbons” from poplar; the ribbons were meant to overlap at a point, and wrap around a deep-panel backing. Well, I finally revisited this idea! I spent much of the Summer working on them and… Read more »

“Vespers” receives award for Wall Sculpture at New Hope Arts

Update: I’m so happy to tell you that “Vespers” was selected for the Wall Sculpture Award in the 2018 Works in Wood exhibition at New Hope Arts. Many thanks to the jurors, Sarah Cutler, Modern Design Specialist at RAGO Arts (Lambertville, NJ), and Adam Capone, master of wood assemblage sculpture. “Vespers” measures 46 x 16… Read more »

“Vespers” – bamboo & wood relief

     This is one of my recent bamboo & wood relief works, measuring 46 x 16 inches. The word vespers calls to my mind whispers. Whispered evening prayers. That is the pure and simple inspiration behind this very vertical work. The central decorative column of bamboo is leading our eye upward while the blue… Read more »

“Space” and “Light” received awards in 2017

LIGHT – 25″ x 25″ / bamboo and poplar, cedar, mahogany blocks Earth’s sunrises and sunsets were the inspiration behind “Light”. Bamboo, with its pale color, is the light source at the center of this work; sliced into thin strips with a knife and assembled into a pattern. Like a sunrise, the light gradually travels… Read more »