Frog Hollow supports various artists who work outside the conventional categories. Artists combine material, philosophies and functions to create unique pieces. These pieces can include functional items like elegantly shaped paper lamps and purely aesthetic pieces like wittily painted gourds.
Craftsmanship and art at Frog Hollow can range from the art of creating homeopathic remedies to making jewelry from unusual objects. Artwork can be created from almost anything and Frog Hollow supports artist who change mundane everyday objects into vibrant one of a kind works of art.
When less is more the significant challenge is to find the essential harmony that is manifest in the gourd’s color and shape, light and shadow. It has been said that a craftsman knows where he is going, where as an artist does not. So when preparation meets opportunity there is ignition and the dance begins. Knowing that there is no beginning and no end, we have the ever present moment to experience the fullness and beauty of the gourd’s luminosity. The only thing permanent in life is a Gourd.
My favorite part about using pastels is when combinations of color make perfect sense to me. That is when I know a piece is done. My second favorite part is when it makes perfect sense to someone else as well.
My drawings come from spending a lot of time in nature: hiking, fishing, or just being in my backyard. I am especially intrigued by the patterns of the natural world and try to bring this to each drawing, keeping in mind how the parts make up the whole.
My light sculptures are a means to draw attention to forms and feelings about nature, influenced by my vision. The manipulation of the reeds in combination with applying the paper are a form of meditation. I like to think that the result has a certain presence, quiet or bold, and in some cases, humorous.
Before I started painting gourds, I never was 100 percent happy with anything I painted. Now it seems difficult to make one I don't like. Even if they don't come out the way I envision them, I'm always pleased with the end result.
My inspiration is all around me in the Vermont landscape. I enjoy the reflective time between conception, drawing, plate development, printing and painting. I always liked printmaking because there is the visual aspect, but it is also quite physical.
I am interested in the use of repetition and process in healing and nurturing our spirits in this age of instant technology and the million distractions that become our day, our week, our life. Machines have replaced many of the ways we used to have to slow down and hear our own voice. I notice in my life a yearning for space, both physical and mental and time to breathe, reflect and consider.
Craft activity involving sustained hand-eye coordination creates a focused, meditative mindset. Thus, each hat that I make is a meditative session, during which I send out a call for help for children so that they may receive a good education, blossom and flourish. While each hat is made, one hat at a time, one stitch at a time, my mind is calm, my hands are busy, and I call out for universal energy to help children. They are our future and we need to do all we can to make the world a better place for them.
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