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 Shield Series contains a natural stick which serves as its core. The stick is chosen for its 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 shield form is figural, female and still.

Wave, 49x17x6,
2024
veneer on ply, sticks, roots and walnut
49x17x6"
Returned Stick, , .jpg
2024
stick, maple, sapele and barn wood
50x15x6"
Curly Vine Boat, ,
2024
vine, painted ply, and cherry
69x9x3"
Broken Spine, , (2)
2024
Christmas tree, and silver spray painted ash, the edge is reflective
69x9x5"
Shield 86
2023
paint on curly black walnut, OSB, barn siding and pine
49x15x4"
Boat 78
2022
driftwood, ambrosia maple, walnut and painted ribbed pine
54x12x5"

sold

Shield,
2023
painted poplar, barn siding and maple
46x14x3"
Boat 77 on left and Pitch Series #28 on right
2022

Boat 77 sold

Cape Driftwood, detail
Cape Driftwood,
2017
driftwood, paint on pine and found wood
54x7x5
sold
Shield 88
2023
paint on black walnut, barn siding and beech
44x9x4"
Shield with Circle
2024
painted poplar and barn siding
43x10x3"
Open Shield
2023
paint on ambrosia maple, shelving and driftwood
55x10x10"
Shield
2022
paint on pine, stick and walnut and maple
57x9x4
Shield 72
2022
stick, painted pine and barn siding
52x9x5"
Ellipse 2 on left, Pitch Series 29 on right
2022
scarred stick, paint on ribbed pine, poplar and ash
78x11x4" on left, 23x16x6" on right
Dorothy's Boat 70
2022
stick from the estate of Dorothy Gill Barnes, painted plywood, cedar and found wood
61x8x3"
sold
Boat 50, 51, 54, 49 (left to right)
2019
found sticks, pine, ash and paint
sold
Shield 2
2017
aniline dyes and paint on pine and barn siding
69x14x5"
Ripple Canoe
2015
driftwood and curly maple
43x6x4"
sold
Half Canoe, side view
2015
driftwood, barnsiding and 1/4 sawn sycamore
42x8x4"
sold
Yvonnes Driftwood
2015
acrylic on pine and driftwood
22x5x2"
Sprout 2
2015
stick with aniline dyes and paint on wood
21x6x2"