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"

sold

Shield 72
2022
stick, painted pine and barn siding
52x9x5"
Boat 65, Esther
detail of portrait on wood, photo by Barb Vogel
Boat 65, Esther
Haystack deck plank, pine fencing and, photo on board
65x11x4"
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
Dorothy's Boat 70
2022
stick from the estate of Dorothy Gill Barnes, painted plywood, cedar and found wood
61x8x3"
sold
Cholla Shield
2022
cholla hull, maple, painted ribbed pine
33x5x2"
Boat 77 on left and Pitch Series #28 on right
2022

Boat 77 sold

Shield 6
2021
paint on pine and barn siding
44X11X3"
Shield 10
2021
stick and paint on plywood and found wood
51x10x3
Boat 52, 55, 53, 48, 57, 58, and 56, (left to right)
2019
found sticks, pine and paint
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
Contemplation Shield
2022
painted wood shard, OSB and barn siding
40x8x3"
Pink Canoe
painted ash, found wood and barn wood
53x8x2"
Shield 2
2017
aniline dyes and paint on pine and barn siding
69x14x5"
Emerging Stick
aniline dyes and paint on pine and curly maple
43x5x3
Boat 12
2015
stick, aniline dyes and paint on plywood, pine and arched molding
78x10x7"