I carved this chess set over the course of roughly four of the ten fire seasons during the time I worked with USFS, NPS, and BLM (while working in the Tahoe National Forest). This job would take us (crew of 20-ish souls) to all kinds of assignments throughout the northwestern U.S.A. Seasons would traditionally span 6 months each year averaging anywhere from 500-1000 hours overtime each season. During the in betweens I took up carving this set. It is hand carved Pinyon Juniper from the Eastern Sierras and White Spruce from a fire assignment in Alaska. The board I made from an Oak Burl from a fire in the El Dorado National Forest. That job was an integral chapter of my life that has truly been one of the most beautiful and toughest experiences of my life. For me the chess set draws on the dynamics of that crew life (two ten man modules coming together for a common cause, yet a healthy competition and fierce battle of strength and wits between.. Team work is a beautiful thing) It was special beyond measure and I’m thankful to the mentors, comrades, American River IHC, Tahoe IHC, Arrowhead IHC, Folsom Veterans Hand Crew, and each of these great agencies!
This mosaic was purchased by a local Sacramento designer Marty Elliott Twitchell for one of her clients. She was inspired enough with mosaics to travel to Italy and take some classes, pretty cool!
Upon my return from India, I realized my innate need to look at myself through new lenses. And so.. it’s clear to me to revisit ”foundation”. Not just as an artist, but on a soul level and what better way than with mosaic (with a whole lot of reflection/meditation, and music too).
This particular piece is made of various stones from around the Earth, some of which are no longer available. This piece took the entire summer season of 2019. I started using a template of a guitar given to me around the age of seven by one of my Grandfathers. The sea of waves featured are indicative of the wealth of flavors and experiences along my path and the dimensional frequencies and events explored past, present, future. At one point while working on the fret board, I decided to completely redo it- realizing how it was mirroring my own tune-up, a work in progress. I could write indefinitely about the feelings that came up, the colors, the expressions that are woven into this work. It took me much longer than I ever thought, but hey.. It was worth all the time, energy, patience, and love.
Fire is such an interesting element as each of them are, to say the least! I like the fiery lava tone stones and the grapevines backlit by gold and their alchemical dance. 50″x 50″. This piece can either serve as an inlay or a mighty table. Available now for $1500. Inquire for cost of shipping. Thanks!
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‘Crown Mediterranean’ mosaic table above available at Camelot Gallery in Nevada City. CA $2,000. Oblong ‘Golden Egypt’ mosaic table is available for $3,000.
I happened upon these gorgeous wrought-iron table bases from Egypt and, of course, I immediately bought them. I then had a blacksmith help create a substrate out of a thick sheet metal and he welded the insets to these quite uniquely shaped beauties. I went as mediterranean as I could with these floral vine crowns which I wanted to be multi-directional. I employed Emperador Dark marble, Emperor Gold marble, and Creamy White marble.
I made the above rectangular coffee table top for a blacksmith’s showroom (Fenceworks Ironworks – Sacramento)
The above end table is a one-of-a-kind design from the wrought iron base, with legs bent on the diamonds. In this fun project I was able to utilize dozens of beautiful stones from all over the Earth. Available at Camelot Gallery in Nevada City, CA $2,000
As for the umbrella table set, I combined marble and granite; I did the same for the little round tea table.
Viking Ship. My first inlay mosaic. This mosaic pushed me to charter new territory. It was made on the diamond as can be seen with the ocean I wanted to create depth, so as you can see.. The client was emphatic about using a rare quartzite from brazil called Azul Macaubus (which only comes in slab thick sheets, so required a whole process of shaving down). Additionally used Nero Marquina for the borders, Emperor Gold, Verde Butterfly granite, and Creamy White marble for the sail.
This was a pleasant experience to say the least. Both this olive branch inlay and the wall mosaic of Goddess Athena were made for a very special couple, Cathy and Leo, whom are of a Greek and Italian descent with their very own Greek Restaurant in Fair Oaks. It was a total honor to take this project on. I found an image of an ancient coin profile of Athena and ordered the sweetest glass I could track down (Bisazza). As for the inlay, I loved making this with the dimensional aspect of waves backdrop in a tranquil aqua seaweed tone marble, Verde Butterfly granite leafs and corner vines, Nero Marquina marble olives and borders, Emperor Gold marble in the corners.
My good friend and client Jeff wanted his existing patio set to be mosaic rather than glass and requested it be tropical! This was a really fun process as I imagined how to approach and was pleased to find a creamy white marble that resembled coconut meat and a lava tone marble that I could make palm trees out of. Jeff is surely a man of the world and as fans of Hawaii, we looked to Hawaii for the motif and I created my own design. Jeff is a well cultured conoisseur and happens to be amongst the kindest hearted people I’ve encountered in my life and has supported me in a few of my pursuits. Definitely one of my favorite projects!
“I have had my mosaic tables for 10 years or more now and they are both in as beautiful condition as they were the first day I got them. No cracks, no fades, no deterioration whatsoever. The quality is incredible! ” -Jeff Busley