In August I was contacted by Disney to be featured as part of their “Disney Arts” series. They were featuring artists who create work in very different mediums. I was asked to carve the character Rapunzel from the movie “Tangled”. I also carved her trusty sidekick chameleon ‘Pascal”.
I began carving at home and made one complete carving, then 2 more in various stages of completion. When I was in the studio, I could work on them and let the magic of video editing put the story together. I had a great time in Los Angeles and spend a full day in the studio.
In 2019 I was invited to exhibit in a Scrap Metal Art Show in Doha Qatar. I was one of 3 American artists out of the 30 international artists who were invited. It was an amazing opportunity and an even great experience!
I first received the invitation in late summer and honestly wasn’t sure how legitimate is was (many artists felt the same!), but after talking to my contact, I jumped on board and started making specific work for the show. I decided on Arabic themed metal art, specifically designs that would appeal to Qatar natives such as camels, oryxes and falcons. I took five large pieces and also some smaller pieces to sell at the show’s ‘bazaar’. I spent two weeks in Doha while the show ran and met a lot of new friends and talked to thousands of people at the show.
I’ve had a studio upstairs for working on the odd glass project, but this spring (2019), I’ve put together one on the main floor exclusively for Glass Art. I’ve always enjoyed working with glass, and have a large project to work on this summer, that combines a few ways of working with glass. If you’ve followed my work over the years, you should know that I love to mix-and-match my techniques and my media (like added stained glass to a wood carving).
This page shows some recent (2019) work that I have been creating for a client in France! It’s been a big project, with a wide range of needs for various signs and markers to be used throughout a zoological park (Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix).
When people ask me, “What do you do?” – I usually pause and say, “I’m an artist”. Then they ask what medium I work in…. and that’s usually when I have to bring out my phone and start showing photos. 😀
Here’s a video I put together to help explain “What it is that I do”.
This project has been a long time in the making. It began when I registered for a woodcarving workshop and signed up for a ‘log carving’ class. I really wanted to learn some tips about carving in 3D and wondered what might make the best subject for the class, other than the standard Santa or Indian. I ended up deciding to make a custom wood carving portrait of my grand uncle, Alton.
I worked from an old photo that I loved, taken while he was a US Navy pilot in World War II. I knew it would be a little challenging to create a 3D model from an old black and white photo, but then I do like to challenge myself!
With it being during my birthday, I bought myself a present and signed up for the week long course at the Mid-America Woodcarvers Association’s “Doane Experience” hosted in Crete Nebraska. The Log Carving class was led by James Barr. Continue reading →
I recently completed a custom order for a client who asked for “a guy on a bike being chased by dogs”. We went back and forth with various ideas and she decided to pay a little more a custom 3D bike to be added to the saw. This was a fun challenge, but turned out great! I can’t wait to hear from client about how this special gift went over. 😀 Continue reading →
For a lot of the world, 2016 was not a kind year. We were reminded of the horrors that people can inflict upon each other on a weekly, almost daily basis. Many great artists passed on and reminded us that our time here is fleeting and we should try to make the most of the time we are given. Continue reading →
In July 2016, I treated myself to a birthday present of a week long workshop in woodcarving. This event was hosted by the Mid-America Woodcarvers. They had quite a few options for workshops, but I decided on Basswood log carving so I could try a large 3D project. James Barr taught the Mallet Carving class and through him I got to see just how fast a real log carver can work when he has the experience!
For my project I chose to do a portrait of a pilot. I can’t say who it is just yet as it will be a gift next year. Click any image below to view it larger. Continue reading →