Robin’s New Work & My Retreat

The Other Side

After a 6 year hiatus, Robin will be showing his incredible patinated metal art next year!  We’ve been collaborating since 2012, a decision that was made after breaking my elbow, having shoulder surgery, a torn bicep tendon and 2 dislocated fingers.  I couldn’t help Robin hang his work at the shows, because at that time, all of his work was very heavy, being made from a heavy gauge copper or brass with bronze angle framework on the back.  During the past 6 years he’s learned more skills and come up with ideas for making his work much lighter weight.  Some of the metal will be clad onto bentwood frames to give added dimension and all will feature his extraordinary patina work that is very painterly in approach and feel.  I’m so excited for him.  During the eight years he showed his work he did it all—got into the nations’ top shows, sold well and won many prestigious awards, including Best of Metal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Fine Craft Show.

I will be taking a much-needed retreat from the art shows.  I’m getting burnt out from the relentless pushing of a theme for the past 25 years.  Not many people outside the profession understand the hoops an artist must jump through just to get into the shows.  The part that is holding me back just now is that it can be a whole year or more from the time you finish a piece, photograph it, apply to shows with 5 or 6 other pieces that all visually make sense together and then actually do the show.  This makes it very difficult to explore different avenues, as the work you have in your booth must be like the images you juried in with.

I’ve got a persistent urge to work in clay, probably stemming from my pre-school years spent making mud pies!  Several years ago I did a series of clay torsos which was a very emotional response to my family situation.  Having moved on past that, the clay work I’ve done the past couple of years making flowers for our wooden boats, isn’t enough for me.  So while Robin shows his metalwork next year, I’ll be on a self-proclaimed sabbatical, exploring new themes.  I will accept commission work during this time, for anyone that wants a boat or Jewelry for the Wall sculpture.

Studio Progress

If you’ve followed our pursuits in the past year,  you know about the fast transition we made to the making of boats and books this year.  We have a working process of experimenting with materials and techniques on our art for the wall, and then these new ideas are incorporated into the boats.  With Robin  taking time once again to experiment on hammering, embossing and patina work lately, I can see already such grand statement pieces utilizing the approach in this new 12″ square.  These are hot!

Embossed & hammered copper w/chemical patina

Embossed & hammered copper w/chemical patina


Embossed and hammered copper w/chemical patina

Don’t Miss the Boat

Artists can’t afford to miss the boat.  A lost opportunity means a harder journey.  In order to grow, which is the ultimate aim of the artist, one has to take risks.  You have to experiment and many of those turn out badly.  You have to take chances to evolve.  Not just any risk, but one that sets sail with good intention.

The boat is the symbol for the spiritual journey and as such it is the perfect icon for Robin and I to explore.  The first date we had, he revealed to me that he owned a 17 foot red, yes I said red, Old Town canoe.  Without missing a stroke, I asked him to marry me.  I was kidding of course, or so I thought.   One’s subconscious knows infinitely more than the conscious and so maybe she already knew his soul and knew he was who I was looking for.  She probably already knew he had similar goals and philosophy. A year after that we began a 24/7 relationship that is going strong and can survive which ever boat life presents.

By the way, later that first evening, I told him that I was an artist and that as a matter of fact that very afternoon I had bought a new table saw.  He said, “Oh, really!  Will you marry me?”

Pea Pod Boat

Pea Pod Boat

Long Awaited Website

We’ve been working with a web-designer, Megabytes,  on a new web-site and it’s up!    The beauty of this one is that I’m not dependent on anyone else to update photos, itinerary, etc.  We’ve got capacity for videos and will be adding more regularly.  We’re showing some installation shots which we didn’t have before.   You can check out our itinerary, read our various artist statements, check out our resumes and enjoy videos of our home & studio, process, TV interviews and our sculpture.    Our collaborative mixed media work has advanced and new images are being added weekly!   Same address as before:

Kimono detail

Artists Wear Many Hats

It’s been slow-going with my clay sculptures.  Robin was hospitalized week before last with a copperhead bite!  We learned a lot from that experience.

Our collaboration with Growing Media has moved us to a new location–much better than the space we had in the mall.  But the move has meant building all new sets for The Spiel with Angie & Julie.  We got behind with Robin’s injury so we’re scrambling now before the official opening of the space August 1st.  We’re nearly finished and then we’ll begin displaying our sculpture not only on the sets, but in the offices and our gallery within the building.  So for now, I’m juggling building walls, painting them, marketing our work, making 3 new insect sculptures, finishing a wood relief sculpture and playing with the clay!  I’m just much slower then I used to be.

I’ll be posting photos of the new TV studio space soon.  We made an awesome interview desk for them!

So Much Going On

We’re working with a web-designer on a brand new web-site!  It’s gonna be beautiful and sexy and provide detailed images and lots of video!  Watch for it to go online in a few weeks.

Also you can see our work featured on the sets of The Spiel with Angie and Julie on Saturday mornings on FoxTV.  See episodes on