These pieces are inspired by Chashitsu Architecture, the traditional architecture of the Japanese Tea House. These 14th century tea houses and gardens are a visual extension of the tea ceremony. The purpose of the tea ceremony is to refresh the participants through an appreciation of nature, one another, the present moment and a simple and particular aesthetic. To this end a natural material, such as a tree trunk with branches intact, might serve as a beam in the tea house. Similarly, each piece in the Boat Series contains a natural stick which serves as its core. The stick is chosen for it's irregularity and natural beauty. The shape of the inner opening and size of the outside form are determined by the stick. Although I am inspired by Chashitsu Architecture, I am going in my own direction. To me, the boat form is figural, female and still.

Boat 78
2022
driftwood, ambrosia maple, walnut and painted ribbed pine
54x12x5"
Dorothy's Boat 70
2022
stick from the estate of Dorothy Gill Barnes, painted plywood, cedar and found wood
61x8x3"
sold
Cape Driftwood, detail
Cape Driftwood,
2017
driftwood, paint on pine and found wood
54x7x5
sold
Ellipse 2, 78x11x4, , 2750
2022
stick scarred by Dorthy Gill Barnes, paint on ribbed pine, poplar and ash
78x11x4"
Ellipse 2, detail shows the scar
Boat 77 on left and Pitch Series #28 on right
2022

Boat 77 sold

Boat 77, detail
Shield 10
2021
stick and paint on plywood and found wood
51x10x3
Installation View
2021
Boat 52, 55, 53, 48, 57, 58, and 56, (left to right)
2019
found sticks, pine and paint
sold
Boat 53, detail
2019
mesquite, found wood and painted pine
sold
Shield 4
2018
glitter and paint on pine and reclaimed barn wood
51x11x7"
Sheild
2017
paint and aniline dye on ash and barn siding
53x11x5"
sold
Untitled 19
2015
stick and maple
50x6x3"
sold
Shield 2
2017
aniline dyes and paint on pine and barn siding
69x14x5"
Half Canoe, side view
2015
driftwood, barnsiding and 1/4 sawn sycamore
42x8x4"
sold
Yvonnes Stick
2015
stick, paint on pine and maple
24x3x3"
sold