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CELEBRATE: This piece suggests that you should celebrate the good and bury the bad in your life. It is composed of various found objects in a wooden box. Good is represented by flowers, butterflies, the sun, and a hot rodding lady. Bad is represented as a dump truck with skull, bone, and cockroach debris. It is 11″ x 9″ x 2″ and is available for purchase. Fabricated in 2017.
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: This piece of art depicts what might be left when humans are ‘eclipsed’. I’m thinking that cockroaches will of course survive, and also autonomous cars. These two will keep running around our cities in an endless dance. This piece is available for purchase, is 12″ x 12″ x 2″, and is composed of plastic pieces on a street grid of my hand made paper. Title is made from wooden alphabet beads. Fabricated in 2017.
DREAMSCAPE 1: In this construct, a variety of found objects represent random and relatively happy dreams. Sure, there are a few skulls, but there are also a squirrel, a rabbit, a monkey, some dolls, a baby crawling out of a printed circuit board, and a bird nest. The background is 4 pieces of my hand made paper. This piece is 12.5 x 12.5 x 2 inches and is available for purchase. fabricated in 2015.
DREAMSCAPE 2: Not all dreams are happy, and I conceived this piece after my jaw broke as a side effect of cancer treatment radiation therapy and I had to go through two difficult surgeries and lots of pain. I’m through all that, but spent enough time there to construct this piece of art. It has various scenes of skulls, cockroaches, falling, and bones. It is constructed in a hollow box of walnut scrapes and is internally lit so that the various items are back lighted. Power is provided from a cell phone charger and a cable that plugs in the bottom of the piece. The piece makes a nice night light if you don’t scare easily. It is 18 x 15 x 2.5 inches, is available for purchase, and was created in 2017.
MY OLD TRUCK: In this piece, an antique toy metal truck has sprouted angle wings and is leaving the highway, going to old truck heaven. What finally killed it? Bald tires, broke frame, cracked block, saggy springs, and stripped gears, as the label notes. The background is more of my hand made paper. The piece is 12.5 x 12.5 x 3 inches and is available for purchase. This piece won an ‘award of merit’ in a 2015 Arts in Airport display for Knoxville. Fabricated in 2015.
VIEW FROM BRUSHY MOUNTAIN: Brushy Mountain is in The Smoky Mountains, on Trillium Gap Trail, on the way to Mount LeConte and provides spectacular vistas. On 5/11/16, I took this picture at 11:44am. It was partially foggy and everything was very mono-chromatic. After I studied the photograph, I realized that it could be reproduced as layers of solid color, an ideal application for my hand made papers. I used custom colors and tried to match the photograph well as possible. The actual photo is part of the name plate, so you can see how well I did. The piece is 18 x 12 x 2 inches and is available for purchase. It was created in 2016.
PROGRESS: This piece depicts a view of progress, from frog to crawling man, to cars, to an airplane. My wife thinks it could represent evolution, but I don’t think so. All these things can exist simultaneously and it isn’t likely that a man would evolve into a car. I used my hand made paper to highlight each object. The piece is 10 x 7 x 4 inches, was created in 2017, and is available for purchase.
This piece celebrates the Smoky Mountains, little southern ladies, and brave men. On a background of hand made paper, it shows the little lady jumping up and screaming for help because she is scared of all the animals found in the forest (and also a few skulls). Fortunately, a brave man is available and is about to rescue her from an airplane. It is 18 x 12 x 4 inches, was created in 2015, and is available for purchase.
This is a small sculpture with male and female figures with their hearts jumping out and getting ready to hug each other. The figures were cast in low melting point tin alloy, from originals carved from cuttlefish bones. This material has very interesting surface textures and is easy to carve. I made a number of pieces with these figures and the molds are still good for further casting. The figures are 2.25″ tall and mounted on a 4″ piece of square steel tubing. It was created in 2014 and is available for purchase.
This is a small metal sculpture, representing a female rider and her horse. It is 4 x 3 x 2 inches, assembled in 2013 from older pieces I had in inventory. It is available for purchase.