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.

Aug 18, 2017

the tootsie pop process!

 Not quite done yet but the big issues are resolved! I will be adding more printing on the wrapper and more highlights. Painting the edges since it won't be framed. Oil on boat canvas, 12'x24'
The "model"
I began by blocking in my basic colors


Next, I started adding basic details and brightened up the background color
Adding more details and begin shading and working background more

Aug 1, 2017

Inspired by Music

I began music lessons at age 7 and continued to age 14. This conclusion seems to co-inside with my discovery of "boys"! I did however continue my love for music and sang in the All City Choir through out high school. College years were consumed by my art but a music course here and there kept me involved. Fast forward, and I do mean "fast", to present day and the accordian I once loved and guitar are long gone. I do continue to sing, however I'm not going to gloat over that!!!!!
  So, I decided to create some music with silver and this is what I've come up with. I would love to know what you think if you have a minute to go to the bottom of this post and "comment". Thank you.
Hematite

SOLD

Black Onyx

Chysoprase 

Peridot

Black Onyx

Pink Sapphire

Jul 20, 2017

Prehnite Pendent

Prehnite Pendent. I made this piece by using the neck of a Sterling vintage spoon. I love this creation because it has a couple of my favorite things on it; the curly vines along side the stone and the running man on the back. I've been making jewelry for so long, I guess you can say they're part of my signature style. Available with or without a chain.

Jul 17, 2017

Antique Industrial Drafting Table for sale!


Well, I'm cleaning out my studio here in NY and having all kinds of mixed emotions, but mostly feeling as though I'm dismantling my entire artistic life! I'm finding tools that reminded me of a time when I considered being a sculptor! Remnants of my interest in "locker hooking" (emphasis on locker!) Shelves of hats, shoes, gloves, and objects and icons from the 30s,40s and 50s that I referenced from for my series of paintings! Old metal roller skates that I painted! Oh it goes on and on! Seed beads....many many beads from my intrigue with beaded bezeling. Yes and many old china dishes that I was saving to create those wonderful "mosaics" and china shard jewelry (which btw I am still doing!)
  I find myself working to clean out and organize for approximately 30-40 minutes before I begin settling down with sketch books, plans for this, or written ideas on scraps of paper stuck inside of magazines or books. How long will this process take me at this rate???
  Oh right! I'm writing about my big old friend the Drafting Table. Its wonderful in its hugeness and heaviness!  Its in great shape. Its top is 38x48 and the pedestal base and three legs are cast iron and takes an army to move it!!!! If you have room for this beautiful antique and can give it a good home and most of all, can use it...please contact me. All its mechanisms work. $350 obo


Eternity

Experimenting with the "eternity" symbol. Need some feedback. What do you think?

May 21, 2017

Two more China Shard Rings






contact me either email or fb message me if interested in anything you see!!!

May 10, 2017

MOTHERS DAY ON SUNDAY!

 Just email or FB me if you're interested in any of these pieces. Bruce has many more but I'm lacking photos of them, so guess what he's doing today???
  Stay tuned in for more goodies!!!



May 9, 2017

"Butkus" Oil Painting of a Bull Mastiff

Day #1 Under painting, drawing and proportions
 I almost never take on commissions in metal or paint. I think the reason for feeling this way has to do with the fear of being overwhelmed by the anticipation and expectations of the person doing the commissioning. The joy I find from painting comes from the freedom to create and the personal satisfaction of the process. Accepting a commission means I have to have another's satisfaction in my head!
  So why did I accept this commission? I don't know! Maybe because I've never painted a domestic animal before and it was more about the challenge. In any case I'm pleased to say after three days of painting that I'm happy with the results.
Day #2 Blocking in, values added

Day #3 Contrasts, Details, Background, Signature

May 6, 2017

Three handstamped Ear Cuffs

My daughter Katie was the inspiration for these ear cuffs. I was able to use two of my newly created stamps from "Two Moon".  I think the results are rather handsome! Thanks Kate!

Apr 28, 2017

Four new rings

 Remember the blue willow china pattern? You know, the Japanese scene with the bridge and the pagoda in the background with the birds flying over head as the little figures walked over the bridge? There were so many remakes of this pattern that at one time they were everywhere.
This shard came from one of those thrift shop finds. I ground the shape with a slight curve on one side of the oblong triangle and set it in sterling with three silver balls to one side. Its a size seven and I sawed a balloon on the back plate. I like to give my pieces a little personal whimsy and it's different each time. $70
 This little cobalt blue shard is from an antique plate that was broken. A shop owner gave it to me. I guess it was too far gone to save but I love the pieces I was able to get from it...flowers. I used a fancy bezel and bent the tops over much like a prong setting. I did grind down the tops so there would be nothing to catch or scratch. Again the back has a little cut out surprise...a music note. Size 8. $70
 Simple and classic setting for this pretty Turquoise stone. Size 9.5 and a little star fish cut from its back plate. $95
Another wonderful Lake Michigan beach stone. These rocks never ever cease to amaze me. I use them exactly how mother nature gave them up to me...tumbled in it's greatest lake for who knows how many years or hundreds of years. This little gem has a granite look to it...multiple shades of grey(not to be confused with 50 shades!) I used one of my favorite designs to surround it...the vine and berry look! Its a size 8 and the little surprise on the back is a paw print! $75

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.