PORTRAIT OF HOPE
This piece is meant to radiate energy/hope. It is symbolic of life, birth and the power of existence.
It is another carving I made that starts to trick the eye into motion if you stare at certain places then refocus around.
I began this carving in 2015 but would work on it then of give up on it many times.
One of the things I've learned is that when I put a piece aside when I return to it I have become a better artist/thinker and can figure out what really needs to be improved.
NEW MOON OVER MAUI
This piece was handcarved from one panel of Sapele. It represents the most peace filled moment of my life from August 2015.
I was 10,000 feet a top Haleakalā in Maui watching both an incredible sunset and awaiting the super moon to rise.
I saw a small neon peach orange light from afar. A color that I had never seen before so I dismissed it as the moon.
I went back to looking at the sunset and when I turned back around realized in fact it was the moon.
It was indescribable. Sadly the photos I took were destroyed in a big ol' wave that took me out.
This is one of the only pics I have from the sunset
The colors in this work are representative of what I saw pinks to bright oranges with the tips of each curve lightly painted with a blue.
This work features another progression of the spiral with ribbons of clouds that truly chase and flutter the eye around the work.
di·vin·i·ty | \ də-ˈvi-nə-tē \
plural divinitiesDefinition of divinity
2 : the quality or state of being divine
The final piece created this year was Divinity. A simple statement of heavenly peace.
In the original sketch and carving the whole frame had this pattern around the border.
I would bring it into work and let it sit against the wall and stare at it trying to figure it out like many pieces at this time. Then remove some more material then repeat. My coworker was quite amused as he felt I was just going to get to the point where there was nothing left.
The piece was worked down from 4 inch thick material to this but when I got to how it looks now I knew it was perfect.
It features beautiful blues/whites /pinks with the top tips painted gold.
Meant to blend into a white wall it brings the viewer into a peaceful serene universe.