My work is about connection…how we connect with our natural surroundings, with each other, and with our collective history. Whether stone or wood, metal or glass, the journey from found object to handheld art, is a journey of rituals…
I gather natural objects such as stone and wood from anywhere, especially Alaska’s boreal forests, its rivers, and its vast coastal areas. I gather “castaway objects” and “rust relics” not only from planned road trips across the U.S., but also from a Saturday’s hunt in the cluttered corners of junk shops and at the
tables of local garage sales. Regardless of where I find each object, this ritual is a continual adventure of connecting with people and objects, preserving their story and our own.
Once an object has been washed, each surface is carefully evaluated and inspected for use as a canvas and then sealed. Usually items with a patina will need extra care to remove oily residue and any scale rust. Once such an item has been cleaned, it is sealed to preserve the patina and ready the surface for my designs.
I work out of my home studio, which in reality means I live in my studio. The objects we collect are scattered throughout our home—all 900 square feet of it—on shelves, window ledges, and tables. I live with “these canvases” day in and day out. Selecting the day’s canvas is intuitive. Often objects catch my eye and in a “flash,” I see the design and colors to use. At other times, it is a gradual process. As I hold each object and work with it, I will sense a beginning place, and from there, the design unfolds step by step. I also like to work with pen and paper close by…often titles for a piece or insights about it come while I am painting.
Care for each finished piece…
Once a piece is finished, I preserve the painting with an archival matte varnish. At this point in time, all of my work is intended for indoor enjoyment. To clean the surface, take a slightly damp soft cloth and carefully wipe the surface. If your artwork has been framed, we’ve found a light coat of tung oil or beeswax moistures perfectly.
I’ve always loved sending mail and packages to loved ones. For as long as I can remember, I’ve appreciated the brightly colored details of ribbon, paper, and gift boxes. When I ship any purchased art piece, I delight in the seemingly small packaging details like hand sewn gift bags and handwritten notes. These allow me to say “thank you” and to express my gratitude because each purchase directly contributes to and affirms my dream–to earn my living through my art.