BIRD

Bird 1

Gouache/ink on Paper

I love Native American graphic art. I am starting a series where native art is my muse. Here is my first one. Stay tuned for more…

KEYS FOR LIFE

Commission (Pendant: 1 13/16″ Tall x 9/16″ Diameter)

Silver, Copper, Waxed Cotton Cord, Japanese Archival Paper

I got an email a couple of months ago from a friend asking if I would be interested in making a piece of jewelry for his daughter’s 16th birthday. He had an idea in mind, maybe a locket or even a painting, that would include this “list” of things he wanted his daughter to remember about life. I was a little reluctant at first because I hadn’t been working on metal projects in a while. I decided to think about it for a couple of days, although I was moved by my friend’s sentiment for his daughter and was inspired by this “list.” Late one night a spark of an idea came to mind that I thought might be really cool. And I was really ready to get back to working with some metal. The idea was to do something like a Tibetan prayer wheel or similar container and put a scroll inside of it with this “Keys for Life” list on it. I did some sketches and met with my friend and he really liked the idea. My first go at the design was more complicated than this and had a series of 16 rivets that looked like poppies with long stems. It was fun, and I put a lot of time into it, but I decided it was too decorative and I wanted it to be more timeless and simple in design. So I started completely over from scratch and made what you see here. It has a great weight and feel to it. There is a little secret design on the inside bottom of the container that you only see when you take the scroll out. The cord is about two feet long and the piece hangs low but, can be adjusted to wear shorter. It was super fun to design and make, challenging and frustrating at times but, I loved every minute that I worked on it. Wouldn’t it be great if every 16-year-old (girl and boy) could get a list like this from someone who really loves them and wants the best for them in life?

SPIRALS

Spiral 2 (8″ x 6.5″)

Gouache on Paper

I like the color in these. Random and controlled at the same time. I might be headed into a “spiral” series. Not sure.

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