Most visual artists work in series, that is producing a number of pieces done in the same medium with a common theme. It’s a logical way to explore and experiment within certain parameters. Robin and I don’t like being confined so we’ve explored a lot of mediums and materials. Each has its own characteristics and associated methods, but we like to mix it up. I get bored easily and consequently am often working on multiple series, each in a different medium, during the same time period. It may have to do with attention deficit disorder, but it also has to do with the fact that I express different ideas in different mediums. It also has to do with the fact that I have to pay the bills as well as grow my potential. It amounts to a balancing act. Different series for different markets is the same as an artist “getting a day job”, only better, much better for a variety of reasons.
Jewelry For the Wall is a collection that I’ve produced continuously over the past 14 years. All of the pieces are basically paint on wood, with the addition of a few other materials used for surface ornamentation and texture. The common threads are the materials, with a dependence on color, texture and geometric shapes, punctuated with rhythms and flowing line. They serve as meditative icons as much as ornamentation. These images are where I bring together my scientific and spiritual interest in the cosmos and our place in it. Our place in the cosmos is married to our approach to the environment. We are more than a species living on the Earth and dominating it. We are part of the whole living entity known as Earth. An example of one from this series shown below is “Lunar Dance”.
My clay sculpture and most of my drawing over the years is about my immediate experience in life. They are definitely a projection of my personal state of mind at the time. Shown here is “Cavewoman” from my body vessels series.
Robin favors “working with God” as he describes how the magic of patina on metal is achieved. His patina work has the impact of a Rothko, the mood of an Inness. He creates actual paintings without any paint or dyes. His work is extraordinary and unique. Shown here is “Remember Me”
Robin and I collaborate on another body of work made primarily from enamel on copper, patina on metals and paint on wood. Unlike that of earlier periods, much of modern architecture is experienced as a series of planes with varying color and texture and that is what inspires Twitch!. They are compartmentalized as is architecture and they are also objects of beauty, made to enhance the living and working space created by the patron. Twitch! is our day-job. We are proud of the work and know it is a good value for the patron, but if economics weren’t ruling our existence right now, we’d be spending that time on our other work. Shown below a Twitch! piece titled Frank’s Right (not a mis-spell but a play on words)
We are now collaborating on new work that is a natural outgrowth from these other series to create new pieces using more elegant materials and innovative surfaces, and exploring free-standing sculpture as well. We will be showing this work for the first time at the American Craft Council retail show in Baltimore in February, followed we hope by the Palm Beach Fine Craft show. Images will be available before the end of the year.