Barn and Mill Gallery
May 25 – June 7
Maine Art Hill Gallery at The Grand
1 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine
I find art in wood and turn it into functional home décor items that everyone can enjoy.
My process begins with “wood hunting”: I seek the unusual and the imperfect. Often rejected by large-scale wood processors, these characteristics show how art can be produced within an organic, natural environment. I view myself as a custodian of this natural art. I focus on creating designs that bring this natural art into people’s homes.
I roam New England looking for live-edge slabs, visiting many mills, and talking to many sawyers. On these travels, I meet many interesting people, and we all have one thing in common: the love of wood. While examining wood piles, we often talk about burl, chatoyance, bugs, spalting, curly, and other natural processes that alter trees. By conversing with these words, I have built relationships with several local sawyers who enjoy my search for the unusual and the imperfect.
After acquiring these naturally-occurring pieces of art, I craft them into furniture and home décor items that bring out each piece’s natural beauty. Finally, I aim to simply hear “WOW” when people see and touch my work.
“The art is in the wood … created by nature.”
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