Work in Wood

“Space” and “Light” relief mosaics 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 »

Songs of Nature

The months since I last posted here have passed quickly by. Time is gathering speed, or so it seems! At some point in life you get to the heart of things. This year was a turning point for me as I said a last goodbye to my beloved mother. I learned to live in the… Read more »

2016 American Bamboo Society Arts & Crafts Award!

I’m so happy to report that I’ve received the 2016 Craft award from the American Bamboo Society! The American Bamboo Society Arts & Crafts Competition (ABS) is held online every two years to celebrate bamboo in craft, design, fine art, literature, and the performing arts. This year I submitted 14 sculptural bamboo mosaics to the competition, work that I’ve created… Read more »

“Sacred Spaces / Holy Places”

The title of this juried show caught my attention when I saw the “Call-for-Entry” in Professional Artist magazine. I decided to enter these three wood mosaics, circa 2000-2006. They seemed just right for this theme, and are now included in the show. I’m really interested in seeing interpretations of this theme in various mediums, and… Read more »

“Rain”

This bamboo and wood mosaic will be shown for the first time in the national juried Works in Wood 2015 at New Hope Arts. The idea for this started with all the talk about the California drought… The rainstick happened first. Then came rain drops, leaves – movement. I began to see a pattern taking… Read more »

New Hope Arts Members’ Exhibit

This is Gwen Shrift’s review of the currently running Members’ Exhibit at New Hope Arts. Each artist is exhibiting a single work. You have until September 27 to see such a wide range of work from your regional artists! New Hope Arts is situated at Bridge St. and Stockton Ave., 2nd floor. Hours are from… Read more »

“Of Sea and Sky”

“Of Sea and Sky” Bamboo Mosaic – Natural and paint-glazed bamboo, painted poplar wood disk, twigs, beach stones, glass marble, fishing line. 10″ x 10″ “Of Sea and Sky” is the smallest mosaic I’ve done so far. It was a thought that sprang from some of my recent mosaics on the moon, water, and natural… Read more »

Bamboo mosaic-in-progress, detail photos

Each mosaic that I create is linked in some way to previous ones. It’s a natural progression for me to want to expand on an idea – like these arcing strands of bamboo. I’m still exploring this element in the all-bamboo work that is now under construction on a circular panel, 24″ diameter. The bamboo… Read more »

“Offerings”

“Offerings” Bamboo Mosaic, 25″ x 25″ This is my latest work in bamboo. A lot is going on here: The “moon” motif shows the inside of a section of bamboo that I worked into mosaic tesserae, to which I applied a pale blue paint glaze. The space around the moon is bamboo that I’ve tooled… Read more »

“New Hope to New York”

“The Dream Keeper” Bamboo Mosaic 25″ x 25″ natural and painted bamboo “New Hope to New York” is the name of this year’s New Hope Arts Members’ Show. Ellen Bradshaw, president of the Pleiades Gallery in New York, was the juror for this show. I’m honored to be among 10 artists whose work was selected… Read more »