I am a beachcomber. I can't resist picking up interesting sculpted driftwood, shells, smooth glass, or dried sea kelp heads. After winter storms, I am drawn like a magnet to explore the beach for new treasures. Making art from found materials became my focus after 20 years as a potter. My figurative driftwood sculptures were born of the inspiration to use what I find locally.
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Kelp People are
made from driftwood and kelp heads. They are pairs, anatomically correct
under the skirts. One balances the other in a tilt of the head or a curve
of the torso. Some are natural some I paint layering colors for texture
and highlights. They are designed to hang on the wall.
|The Rare and Endangered creatures are made from driftwood that suggests dogs, dragons orreptiles They are mythic creatures that are completely their own and truly one of a kind.|
|The Guardians come from finding a piece if driftwood that is so interesting that I can't resist bringing it home. The wood is too large for a kelp head so I use natural reeds such as salt cedar or curly ting ting for head pieces. These figures are inspired by a Navajo figure called a Ghan Dancer. In the spirit of the Ghan Dancer, the heads are covered and undefined.|
The Driftwood Angels were inspired by finding wing-like pieces of driftwood. I often cut them in half to make the wings. Their heads are beach stones. I often affix these angels figures to my garden posts. They then become my "Gardening Angels". The Mermaids are made from kelp heads, driftwood and corn husks. I select curvaceous driftwood for their bodies to suggest the fluidity of a mermaid.
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