Our Artwork Gallery is the “landing place” for Art’s and my personal artwork. Here we share what inspires us, and how we express it. Go to Gallery “Album”
Although I was born and raised an LA girl, and except for yearly vacations to more rural environs, spent most of my early years in the endless city sprawl that is Southern California- I was (and am) a “gatherer” by (and of) both nature and the flotsam and jetsam of daily living. I see ideas, design, beauty, weirdness and have a focused interest in – – – well, just about anything that has that “something” that catches my attention. It may be a beautiful, perfectly shaped seashell, but it is just as likely (probably more so_ to be a broken and crusted over bit of shell, a piece of strange metal weathered by the forces of erosion, perhaps the storm mangled wing of a hapless seagull, a bit of plant fiber, or maybe even a freak of the cucumber world.
I see ideas, design, beauty, weirdness and have a focused interest in – – – well, just about anything that has that “something” that catches my attention. It may be a beautiful, perfectly shaped seashell, but it is just as likely (probably more so_ to be a broken and crusted over bit of shell, a piece of strange metal weathered by the forces of erosion, perhaps the storm mangled wing of a hapless seagull, a bit of plant fiber, or maybe even a freak of the cucumber world.
This penchant for picking things up led to Art (my husband and best friend_ and me starting our own business, “Loose Ends” and its most recent offspring – “Loose Ends Unleashed” – traveling, FINDING STUFF, and being direct importers of all kinds of handmade & exotic papers, natural materials (and anything else that grabbed our attention).
When you import unusual “stuff” as a business, you need to do things with it – eventually HGTV found us and for a number of years I did many guest appearances on various “how-to” shows, playing with handmade paper, abaca, strange fibers, sticks, stones, shells, – well, you get the idea.
Husband Art was raised in Portland Oregon in a more rural lifestyle, and although he may not have been a natural born “gatherer”, has done quite well with it over the last 30+ years. He often comes back from his beachcombing treks laden down with fishing floats (usually styrofoam or plastic these days), rope, seaweed, large driftwood pieces, and whatever “nasties” he finds that need to be picked up off the beach. and these “finds” become fodder for our personal artwork.
And, of course – there is the intrepid Thistle – our co-companion and beachcomber “par excellence”. a street dog rescue from Baja, Mexico – she is up for ANYTHING & EVERYTHING.
In my world truly “no stone goes unturned” (many of them get picked up), but eventually even the most ardent gatherer realizes that she needs to share her gatherings, to use them to express the hidden meanings they originally whispered to her – and that is what my artwork is all about.
I am frequently as surprised as anyone else by what the seashells, fossils, metal scraps, driftwood, paper bits and weathered bones say they want to do – but it is this organic aspect of the creation process that I find so exciting. The collage and mixed media pieces often start with an idea, but can quickly take on a life of their own.
The Seabowls and other SeaRunes seem to actually grow – the individual fossil, shells and other flotsam and jetsam dictating the form. I began making these pieces in 2009, and everypiece suggests other concepts, inspirations and ideas. I frequently have 5 ot 6 pieces going simultaneously, as the Muse is not patient, and needs to be responded to when you hear her voice.
Art and I also both create “sand paintings” which are a collaboration between the artist, the sand and the surf, with the surf being the “painter”. We are pleased to share our addictions with you.