I love to work from patterns I purchase, as well as from sketches and pictures. Just like a painting, or sculpture, the subject of my interest is the basis for what I am working toward depicting. The initial artwork is just that though ... It is the beginning of something greater!
Each piece of wood I pick up will steer the course of the outcome, sometimes not totally reflected until I put on the finishing touches. Each and every tree in nature has different shades of wood and grain patterns within every layer. It is determined by nature: where the tree is grown, the amount of sun and rain, cold and heat, and age of the tree when cut. It is exciting to experience the character this mystery adds
It is because of the innate makeup of wood, that I can make two or more items from the exact same pattern/sketch, and yet never have them come out identically. Have you ever seen two totally identical trees? They are like people--all different.
If you see something you like, or you would like something made similar to what I've done...but changed in some way toward your tastes, contact me. We can go that direction. For instance, seasonally popular are angels. For several people, I have used white ash wood, and then color wash the dresses of the angels to coordinate with the decor of the room they go into (color washing is like staining, it is adding color but still allowing the wood grain to show through--it is not painting.
This currently uncommon form of art requires patience, skill, and lots of time!