We have been collaborating artists our entire married lives. Our work is always evolving. The experiences we share, or individually participate in, become a part of what we create. Bruce photographs and throws pots and I paint and create jewelry and other objects from precious metals. Bruce's photos are sometimes the inspiration or reference for my paintings and often times I sculpt and carve into his pottery. The results from our combined knowledge and skills becomes something beautiful that we enjoy sharing. Enjoy.

Mar 3, 2017

friends

"Friends" Oil on 9.5x11 wood panel

Feb 28, 2017

The Fire Gods have spoken!

Another load of pottery ready to be unloaded at the studio.

Feb 27, 2017

More Small Oils



Florida Inspired!

OK so I'm still really enjoying my oils. I even love the smells! I never thought I'd be painting Florida subject matter but hey...why not? I'm loving the use of Phthalo Blues and Greens. Here are some small oils done on wood. The sizes range from 4x6 to 6x7, and up to 11x14. First I use wood gesso on the surface, sand the surface smooth and paint with Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna to give more depth to the images.


Feb 21, 2017

Thomas and Thomas Home Show at the Windjammer

March 26 Sunday 11am - 6pm
Bruce and I will be having an Open House at our Windjammer
Condo. Bruce's pottery will be available as well as my
Handmade and original Sterling jewelry. This year I'll be showing
a series I've been working on for both my small paintings and jewelry.
The series is inspired by Florida flora, fauna, and tropical subjects in general. You

Feb 2, 2017

Florida Series

So, I've been down here in Florida during our winter hibernation period now for um, seven years? Wow, where does the snow fly?! Well anyway, I've finally decided it might be fun to try to create those tropical images I was painting last year into silver! So here are the beginnings of the Sunny Series: I began with earrings. I'm using the layering technique by cutting four equal size and shape pieces of silver, filing edges and cutting an image from two. I then stamp a texture or grind a texture on the uncut pieces. I solder the cut over the uncut, solder a ring at the tops and hang them with my hand made ear hooks. I use liver of sulfur to darken the details.




Dec 3, 2016

Our booth at the Oak and Ivy Christmas Show

Hi friends,
  We are here for our third year at the Oak and Ivy Bed and Breakfast Christmas Show in Rome, New York. The wonderful smells are everywhere from the baking and cooking going on in the kitchen, sounds of Christmas music and the beautiful decorations everywhere. Fred Rice has once again worked his magic in this beautiful Victorian home.







Sep 14, 2016

Cat and dog lovers unite!!!!!!!!!

I'm wrapping up those days of glass painting by gathering all the glasses and dishware from my studio (hurray...more space!) and painting them up for the open house. After much research and searching stores, I finally found a permanent ink pen to use along with my glass paints. It was fun to revisit this craft again but probably will say a final goodbye and back to my canvas and metals.







Oh and by the way, these are all dishwasher proof!!!!

Sep 10, 2016

OCTOBER 8-9, 11am-4pm WELCOME TO OUR HOME AND SHOP

I hope you don't mind me posting our work from time to time for the Open House
here in Remsen! I think its a great way to show friends and family what they can
expect to see on October 8 and 9.
  Here are two of my paintings. The baby Canadian Geese Painting is an Encaustic (Wax) Painting using a Transfer Photo of Bruce's photograph and its on two levels the middle is higher than the outsides...custom framed! It is18x24


The Luna Moth is an acrylic painting also custom framed. It is 12x16
 

Sep 7, 2016

Commissioned Piece

I'm not a fan of commissions and its certainly not because I think I'm above them in any way but I
do believe that teaching Art in our Public Schools for 28 years may have something to do with the way I feel about them. I think its the idea of having parameters that dampens my creative spirits.
Bruce is fine with them and often takes on multiple orders, but unless you're a close friend or relative or someone I know understands that I may drift a bit from the initial request, I'd rather not do them.
So, having said all that, here are some shots of a slave bracelet that I'm doing for a "special" person!
And may I add that she is an artisan and gallery owner and truly understands the creative spirit.




Sep 5, 2016

Sneak Peek at a new bracelet, available October 8-9 at our Second Annual Home Show in Remsen

 Well, I do enjoy numbers and patterns and find myself playing with Chainmaille quite often. The entire chain is made with Sterling Silver links (anywhere from 22 gauge to 16 gauge) that I hand wind and saw apart to make what are called: jump rings. The closures are also hand made. I find that the "S" hook and "eye" is a much more secure closure than the commercial closures.
Once the "jump rings" are made, I begin opening and closing them in a pattern. The pattern I use the most is the Byzantine Pattern. It's a very sturdy and heavy rope type of chain that allows many variations. Because I'm a big fan of "color", I tend to add "sparkle" and "color" with faceted beads.
The above uses "peridot" faceted beads and glass Millefiori (Italian: [milleˈfjoːri]) is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware beads.