I go through phases; sometimes spending years sculpting figures, sometimes playing with fiber, sometimes I am called to paint or play with mixed media. At other times my time is spent writing. At all times I have a camera ready and photography will kidnap me for months on end.
There are far too many mediums and ideas for me to focus on one thing ... it's not how I am wired.
I am passionate and pulled in a thousand directions. That's just how I roll.
These are just a few of the creations that have been born here on the farm over the years.
I have always loved the German style 'Old World' Father Christmas and of course, I am all about animals so these vygnettes have been a particular joy. The Santas and children have all been created from air-dry (stone) clay. The animals have either been needlefelted or re-birthed with layers of clay.
First ... before the air-dry clay, I sculpted my Santas from 'polymer' clay. I started that and a line of 'Ol'Boys' way back in 1997.
I started with trade shows in the USA where I supplied dozens of stores with 'One of A Kind' creations.
That was more work than I could handle so I switched to doing shows in the US in New York, Ohio, Michigan, Washington DC, Kansas and the odd show in Canada.
Next on the agenda, I focused on Ebay for a number of years and was delighted to meet wonderful people and have the opportunity to reach further with my works of heart.
And then ... I needed a rest, so the handsculpted figures have been on hiatus for the last couple years.
I have some plans this year for a whole new line that has me kind of excited.
I started needle felting in 2001 and immediately fell in love with the process.
I love the fact that you just grab a hold of a needle and follow your imagination.
As always, the animals have held a special place in my heart. I have also greatly enjoyed creating art pieces in the form of bags, figures and wall hangings.
I teach the art of needle felting and just need a little encouragement to put a group together - which I will do at any time.
I built my first ark in 1988 and for a few years sold them with carved animals from Kenya and no Noah.
It wasn't long before I was carving my own animals and of course, Noah & Joan because it simply was unacceptable to have a captainless Ark.
I built every ship, right from planing the wood and I watched them sail off all around the world.
Over the years, I have created well over a thousand arks. I ran out of steam awhile back, but I have a feeling I still have an ark or two left in me.
This page needs a lot more work ... the plan is that more things will be appearing here soon
I will do workshops on pretty well everything I do ... if you put your own group together with 5 people, I will carve a time that's convenient for you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will have some here at the farm in the spring that will be posted on my Studio page.
I have always seen hair in a grubby, colourful old paint brush - I just added the face & fashion.
These are a few art tiles that I create with paint and ink. They aren't good shots and unfortunately don't show the depth or intensity of colour. All that I did sold before I could get some decent photographs. But ... there are more in the future because I love making them.