Elements - Earth, Water, Wind Fire

Elements - Earth, Water, Wind Fire

15 ft x 4 ft x 3 ft

Steel and glass on shredded bark with rock.  Motion activated sound related to water, wind and fire.

Elements is my version of the classical western four basic elements:  earth, water, fire and air.  Three of the shapes are steel and the fourth is a boulder representing earth.  The metal shapes are tessellations. Each fits together like a puzzle.  These shapes show movement, reminiscent of the movement of wind, fire and water.  A “petroglyph” of the common symbols for each element is represented on the corresponding piece. My concept expresses the inter-relatedness of the elements by using tessellating forms. 

Santa Clarita is on the edge of the wildland. The recent fires are still fresh in my mind: with the scorched earth, the need for water during the drought affecting the dryness of the vegetation, wind that are fire & Santa Ana related as well as compromised air quality and El Nino rains. The concept speaks to me of our community. 

Improvisation

Improvisation

steel, glass, wire

commissioned

Decorative Shelf Commission

Decorative Shelf Commission

steel, glass and plexiglas.  Wall mounted shelf to support a important and significant object.

Intrigue

Intrigue

woven copper, inks, acrylics, wood

19 x 13.25 x 1.75

Counterpoint (vertical mount)

Counterpoint (vertical mount)

Love the look with Counterpoint is hung in this manner!

From The Ashes - Rhapsody

From The Ashes - Rhapsody

Burnt wood and copper

44.5" x 26.5" x 4"

From the Ashes - Rhapsody, illustrates my strong belief that good things can arise or surface after something bad has happened.

Nexus

Nexus

Installed on the College of the Canyons campus in Santa Clarita.  The sculpture is stainless steel and ten feet tall.  It was created to inspire and reflect student success.

 

I designed this sculpture. The students in my metal sculpture course fabricated my design under my direction.

 

 

L'Dor V'Dor

L'Dor V'Dor

woven copper and stainless steel

13' x 5'

The Artist’s Interpretation of the L’Dor V’Dor Sculpture – Continuity and Unity

The tallit remembers lost loved ones, celebrates adulthood and connects us with God.  It looks well worn, containing some odd bits and pieces of copper and wire “thread”, helping it to appear tattered.  Passed down from generation to generation different: families, congregations, communities, Nations, all woven together into the fabric of our lives.  Bands of mirrored stainless steel with three stripes of words in six languages, (Hebrew, Chinese, English, Farsi, Spanish & Igbo, [Nigerian dialect], that say:  “From Generation to Generation”.

It represents individual differences, showing how, when linked together, they become part of our texture, beauty and strength.  The words, vertical, as if the tallit is opened flat, make it intentionally difficult to read.  Some words are ordered differently, encouraging the viewer to look beyond the language and absorb the message.  I did not want people to concentrate on their own language, but to see these words as unity and continuity.  Minimizing our differences while maximizing our similarities.

The center is a stainless steel Torah Scroll, our past, present and future.  We reach out and touch the torah and I believe it touches us back.  The copper hands represent three generations, all reaching out and touching the torah.  The hands also form the eternal flame when viewed from a distance. I placed tzitzit (fringes) on the upper corners to represent joy and faith.

Joe's Woman

Joe's Woman

Joe's Woman

24" x 48"

Copper

This lovely commissioned piece is a part of an outdoor structure.  It is viewable from both sides.  This is a front view.  It was inspired by the artist Mucha.

Joe's Woman

Joe's Woman

Joe's Woman

24" x 48"

Copper

This lovely commissioned piece is a part of an outdoor structure.  It is viewable from both sides.  This is the rear view.  It was inspired by the artist Mucha.

Joe's Woman (front detail)

Joe's Woman (front detail)

Joe's Woman

24" x 48"

Copper

This lovely commissioned piece is a part of an outdoor structure.  It is viewable from both sides.  This is a detail of the front view.  It was inspired by the artist Mucha.

Joe's Woman (rear detail)

Joe's Woman (rear detail)

Joe's Woman

24" x 48"

Copper

This lovely commissioned piece is a part of an outdoor structure.  It is viewable from both sides.  This is a detail of the rear view.  It was inspired by the artist Mucha.

Counterpoint

Counterpoint

Counterpoint 

steel, glass, copper, acrylic paintings

24” x 24” x 4” 

$2,050.00

The musical concept Counterpoint, two separate elements of a piece of music that unite to form a harmonious whole, has been twisted to explore the relationship between men and women. The male aspect is on the top right and the female aspect is on the lower left.These halves are joined together with a joyous curving and twisting line. The whole is greater than the parts.  Part of a series inspired by music.

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Counterpoint (Detail)

Counterpoint (Detail)

Counterpoint (detail female aspect)

steel, glass, copper, acrylic paintings

24” x 24” x 4” 

$2,050.00

This detail is the female aspect with it's beautiful curving steel lines and shapes, copper, glass and painting.  Part of a series inspired by music. See the full sculpture for more information.

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Counterpoint (Detail)

Counterpoint (Detail)

Counterpoint (detail male aspect)

steel, glass, copper, acrylic paintings

24” x 24” x 4” 

$2,050.00

The male aspect with it's geometric forms of steel, copper, glass and painting impart a sense of strength, confidence and quiet complexity.  Part of a series inspired by music. See the full sculpture for more information.

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Down & Out Blues

Down & Out Blues

Down and Out Blues

steel, glass, wire, acrylic paintings

36” x 24” x 4” 

$2,050.00

This unique artwork was created listening to a variety of blues music.  Very loudly, of course!  Blues lyrics often deal with personal adversity, however the music itself goes far beyond self-pity. The blues is also about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun. The best blues is visceral, cathartic, and starkly emotional. From unbridled joy to deep sadness, no form of music communicates more genuine emotion.  I feel this work represents blues music well. Part of a series inspired by music.

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Down & Out Blues (Detail)

Down & Out Blues (Detail)

Down and Out Blues (Detail)

steel, glass, wire, acrylic paintings

36” x 24” x 4” 

$2,050.00

This is a detail of the lower left portion of the artwork. Down & Out Blues explores the joy and angst we experience as human beings. Quivering, curving lines and vivid color are shown in this photo.  It could be joy or angst, the final decision is yours to make.  See the description under the full picture. Part of the series inspired by music.

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Down & Out Blues (Detail)

Down & Out Blues (Detail)

Down and Out Blues (Detail)

steel, glass, wire, acrylic paintings

36” x 24” x 4” 

$2,050.00

This is a detail of the lower right portion of the artwork. The twisted and wrapped wire in the background represents "scat", wordless vocal improvisation often heard in this genre. The exquisite blue glass is clearly seen in this photo. See the description under the full picture. Part of the series inspired by music.

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Ubiquitous Trio

Ubiquitous Trio

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Ubiquitous Trio

steel, copper and glass

5’ 2” x 3’ x 3' 

$4,500.00

Ubiquitous Trio is simply three musicians in the act of making music. The musician on the left has spiked hair and has his head raised with "attitude".  The center musician has his head bowed, immersed and concentrating on the music he is playing.  The musician on the right is just standing and making music. Part of the series inspired by music.  

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Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

steel, copper and glass

5’ 2” x 3’ x 3' 

$4,500.00

Detail photo.   One of my favorite photos of this work. I think the photo is a work of art itself!   It shows the details representing an instrument with keys. See the whole photos description for more information.

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Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

steel, copper and glass

5’ 2” x 3’ x 3' 

$4,500.00

Detail photo.  You are seeing the detail representing the musicians heads. Each one has its own attitude and character.  See the whole photos description for more information.

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Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

steel, copper and glass

5’ 2” x 3’ x 3' 

$4,500.00

Detail photo. The photo shows a detail representing the music the musicians are playing. You see crumpled copper, glass and epoxy/pastel amongst the steel forms. See the whole photos description for more information.(ms1074fs)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

Ubiquitous Trio (Detail)

steel, copper and glass

5’ 2” x 3’ x 3' 

$4,500.00

Detail photo. It seems as though musicians frequently have items on the floor near them as they play. This detail represents some of those items.  See the whole photos description for more information.

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Jazz Fusion

Jazz Fusion

Jazz Fusion

steel, glass, acrylic paintings, wire

23" x 32" x 4" 

Sold - Commission 

Part of the series inspired by music.  Jazz Fusion is a celebration of Jazz music. Jazz is a genre of American music that originated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the Southern United States as a combination of European harmony and forms with African musical elements. The twisted and wrapped wire in the background represents "scat", wordless vocal improvisation.

I think this sums it up:  In a 1988 interview, jazz musician J. J. Johnson said, "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will".

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Jazz Fusion (Detail)

Jazz Fusion (Detail)

Jazz Fusion (detail)

steel, glass, acrylic paintings, wire

23" x 32" x 4" 

NFS

Series inspired by music.  Jazz Fusion is a celebration of Jazz music. This is a detail photo of the lower right corner.  The twisted and wrapped wire in the background represents "scat", wordless vocal improvisation often heard in this genre.  See the description under the full photo.

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Jazz Fusion (Painting Detail)

Jazz Fusion (Painting Detail)

Jazz Fusion (detail)

steel, glass, acrylic paintings, wire

23" x 32" x 4" 

NFS

Part of the series inspired by music.  Jazz Fusion is a celebration of Jazz music. This photo is a detail of one of the acrylic paintings, on ampersand board, in this artwork.

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Vivacé

Vivacé

Vivacé

steel, glass, copper, ink, acrylic paintings

24” x 36” x 4” 

$1,950.00

Vivacé means vivid or lively in musical terms. This piece has a very powerful energy, it almost appears to be moving, jumping off of the wall.  Your eyes bounce from element to element, enjoying the details, feeling the music. Part of the series inspired by music.  

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Vivacé (Detail)

Vivacé (Detail)

Vivacé (detail)

steel, glass, copper, ink, acrylic paintings

24” x 36” x 4” 

$1,950.00

This is a great detail photo! It shows the acrylic painting, created on a board, with its vibrant colors and interesting texture. A heat colored copper circle with copper wire lacing and glass pieces & bits give you a wonderful feel for this artwork.  The details are really lovely. Part of the series inspired by music.  

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Overture

Overture

Overture

steel, glass, copper, ink, acrylic paintings, brass

24” x36” x 4” 

$1,950.00

Overture is an invitation to come and enjoy the music. This gentle invitation appears to be a more formal, possibly of a classical genre of music.  Beautiful details, gentle flow and intriguing paintings make you want to sit and stay a while. Part of the series inspired by music.  

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Overture (painting detail)

Overture (painting detail)

Overture (detail of painting)

steel, glass, copper, ink, acrylic paintings, brass

24” x 36” x 4” 

$1,950.00

 I love this painting!  This photo is a detail of one of the acrylic paintings with a beautiful variety of colors and textures. Part of the series inspired by music.

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Rhythm (Detail)

Rhythm (Detail)

Rhythm (detail)

steel, glass, copper wire, acrylic

14” x 36” x 5” 

sold

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Interlude

Interlude

Interlude

stainless steel, glass, copper, acrylic painting

6’ x 3’ x 8" 

sold - private collection

Part of the series Inspired by music. In musical terms, interlude is an instrumental passage, or a piece of music rendered between the parts of a longer piece. This active and flowing artwork never fails to intrigue me. It dominates a room, becoming a focal point as well as a conversation piece.

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Interlude (angled view)

Interlude (angled view)

Interlude (detail)

stainless steel, glass, copper, acrylic painting

6’ x 3’ x 8" 

sold - private collection

 I included this photo to show you the dimensionality and shadows that are integral aspects of all of my metal work.  The shadows are an extension of my artwork. Part of the series Inspired by music.

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The Soloist

The Soloist

The Soloist

steel, glass, acrylic painting

6' x 24" x 3"

$2,950.00

The Soloist is a single musician playing music.  It mounts vertically on the wall with the brackets hidden when seen from the front.  The positioning of the upper glass piece and the lower "music" implies an longer instrument.  Possibly a saxophone, bass or use your own imagination to ponder the possibilities of what it might be.  I love the minimalist simplicity of this piece. Additional photos are shown on the "shop" page.  Part of the series inspired by music.  

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The Soloist (Detail)

The Soloist (Detail)

The Soloist (detail)

steel, glass, acrylic painting

6' x 24" x 3"

$2,950.00

Part of the series inspired by music.  This detail of the The Soloist is possibly the head or hair… it us up to you...  (ms1071wm)

The Soloist (Detail)

The Soloist (Detail)

The Soloist (detail)

steel, glass, acrylic painting

6' x 24" x 3" 

$2,950.00

This detail represents the music being played by the artist. Additional photos are 0n the "shop" page.  Part of the series inspired by music.  

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The Soloist (Detail)

The Soloist (Detail)

The Soloist (detail)

steel, glass, acrylic painting

6' x 24" x 3" 

$2,950.00

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Journey

Journey

Journey

steel, glass, wood, plexiglass, copper wire

24” x 14” x 12” 

sold - private collection

A Self Portrait. I call it my twisting journey through life, but the title is simply Journey.  The side view shows compartmentalization of different parts or aspects of my life.  Front/Rear view shows me as a, complex, whole person.  The burl wood is a "road block", those things we all have to get around in some manner to move forward with our lives. There is a path in glass and a lot of twists and turns… just as there are in my life.

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The Cube

The Cube

The Cube

Steel on Plexiglass.  (stand is included)

24” x 24” x 24” 

$2,250.00

I challenged myself to fit this into a 2' cubic space.  It is a very interesting piece.  I find that the more I look at it, the more things I see in it.  I have it lit from below.  This provides a very nice quality and shadowing in the evening.

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Gnarled Tree

Gnarled Tree

Gnarled Tree

steel on granite

24” x 14” x 20”   2008

sold

Part of a continuing series of steel trees.  Built up drip by drip with an oxyacetylene torch and steel rods.  I welded an armature before I began the drip process.

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Abstract Tree

Abstract Tree

Abstract Tree

steel on stone

20.5” x 13.5” x 13” 

$550.00

This is a part of the continuing series of steel trees. 

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Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree

steel, glass, stone base

21” x 14” x 12” 

sold

This was the first in my continuing series of steel trees.  I enjoy making them. I love trees. Each sculpture is as unique as the trees they represent.  

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Universal Love

Universal Love

Universal Love

steel, glass

42” x 36” x 4”  

sold - private collection

The circle on the lower left represents the earth.  As your eye moves upward, there is a cloud shape with "stars" sparkling through.  The work continues upward into deep space where you find a a nebula and  planets.  The crowns represent God presence in the universe.

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Tree Fern

Tree Fern

Tree Fern

steel & copper wire

24” x 24” x 6”  2008

$625.00

A tree fern unfurling.  The shadow is an integral part of the art.  Lighting the work from the front will create a larger Tree Fern on the wall behind. A bit whimsical, fun to look at and great shadows!

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Torn (Detail)

Torn (Detail)

Torn

stainless steel, wire mesh

34" x 24" x 5"

sold

A person peering through a torn, jagged opening.  Seeking a better life, but feeling unable to achieve it due to barriers, imagined or real, in their life. So close, but so far away...

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Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

steel, copper, glass, pastel/epoxy, copper wire

22” x 14” x 3” 

sold - private collection

The attractions of opposites in love.  The beautiful, well cared for woman paired with the "bad boy", roughed up and imperfect.

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Bear Fetish

Bear Fetish

Bear Fetish

stainless steel, steel, glass, copper, wire, coral and turquoise

30” x 24”  

sold

This piece is inspired by Native American Bear Fetishes.  The bear is the guardian fetish of the West. He represents strength and self-knowledge, and is a spiritual guide who also has supernatural powers. He is a powerful healing fetish.

The bear shape is sand blasted, with the exception of the bear paw.  This was masked during the blasting and remains shiny.  The glass is slumped and forms a softer bear shape with a bundle on its back of turquoise and red coral. The feather is heat treated copper.  The Heart Line runs below the glass bear.  Finally, copper lacing runs all around the edges of the steel bear.

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Dreidel

Dreidel

10" x 5" x 5"

$450.00

This dreidel has heat colored copper with brass braze trim.  The hebrew letters are an epoxy/pastel mixture with a total of 18 beads embedded within the letters representing the numeric equivalent of "life". The bottom edges are laced with stainless steel wire.

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Mizrah

Mizrah

12" x 18" x 2"

Sold -  Commission

Mizrah means east in hebrew, the direction to face for orthodox jews when praying.  The hebrew word is written by the process of repousé  from the back side of the copper.  The copper was then heat treated to give it color.  Glass and glass shards were included in this commissioned sculpture.

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Idelle's Chair

Idelle's Chair

Idelle's Chair

steel, glass, wood, canvas 

51” x 20” x 21” 

sold - private collection

Functional Art

Idelle’s Chair is steel framed with a canvas seat held on by copper wire.  The back is curving and twisting rod with a grooved wood insert. On the rear of the insert is a beautiful steel spiral.  This Chair was made to fit Idelle’s proportions.  Since she is not very tall, it has a  footrest.  The curving rod continues on the lower sides, with gorgeous glass inserts.  The whole piece has a very musical feel.  It is functional, but primarily a piece of art!

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Frenetic

Frenetic

31" x 23.50" x 4"

Mixed Media

sold - Private Collection

This is a self portrait about my race against time.  I included elements of what I do, attached to a clock.  I am always saying I never have enough time to get everything done…. so here is my complaint in an "art form". Welding and work gloves grace the 12 and 6 points, while IdelleArt, fabrication, sewing, teaching and photography round out the time. In order to get my "whine" across even more clearly, Frenetic has two different kinds of blinking white lights.  Larger ones are on the end of each arm of the clock. A lighted wire also blinks, but that blink is faster and becomes a pulse or "heart beat" between the blinking of the larger bulbs.  I think this is a pretty cool piece!

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Frenetic (lighted)

Frenetic (lighted)

31" x 23.50" x 4"

Mixed Media

Sold - Private Collection

Here is is with the lights on!

This is a self portrait about my race against time.  I included elements of what I do, attached to a clock.  I am always saying I never have enough time to get everything done…. so here is my complaint in an "art form". Welding and work gloves grace the 12 and 6 points, while IdelleArt, fabrication, sewing, teaching and photography round out the time. In order to get my "whine" across even more clearly, Frenetic has two different kinds of blinking white lights.  Larger ones are on the end of each arm of the clock. A lighted wire also blinks, but that blink is faster and becomes a pulse or "heart beat" between the blinking of the larger bulbs.  I think this is a pretty cool piece!

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