Simply 4/4

Simply 4/4 Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: Not wanting to paint “inside” the form and supersede the rhythm of the coil springs, I decided to paint in the negative spaces or highlight the interesting patter of the negative spaces adding a lively pattern to the motion suggested by the coil […]

Primary Metals

Primary Metals The square, triangle and circle where among the first pieces I created after disassembling a mattress spring. It seemed a natural beginning to make a square. I used a twin mattress because it’s width, typically 36”, was a good size for a wall sculpture. I simple measured down the length of the twin […]

INFLUX Stored Echoes

INFLUX Stored Echoes These cube forms are cut directly from twin mattresses. The largest is made of three, twin mattresses. I simple uncoiled one side of the mattress and bent it to 90 degrees, repeated that two more times and “sewed” them together with the spiral wire from the middles of the sides I uncoiled. […]

Wall Cube

Wall Cube A cube of a different kind: 24” cuttings from a mattress spring stacked basically 24” tall. The shadows are quite fun!

DNA

DNA I challenged myself with creating a likeness to DNA. The coiling needs to be stretched in order to appear more like DNA. The whole thing is about 10’ long as it rests, but can be stretched to over 15’.

‘States of America

‘States of America With all the social and political turmoil swerling in America in the 2010’s, I decided to create a few American flags representing the growing polarization. I titled them ‘States of America intentionally cutting off the word “United” and For Amber Waves of Grain which is a line from the anthem, America the […]

Arteco Fox Seat

Public Art and Commissions > Arteco Fox Seat The sculpture below was an extraordinary opportunity! I was asked by the owners of the original FOX Theater in Pomona California to create a wall sculpture for the lobby in their main offices. They had been saving the seat springs from the original FOX theater seats believing […]

Gestural Albers

Public Art and Commissions > Gestural Albers The picture below, Gestural Albers, was large wood sculpture for Peoria Arizona’s monthly event titled “Second Saturdays”. There were no requirements or restrictions with what I could create. The piece ended up to be large enough for people to walk into and have selfies taken through the cut […]

INFLUX

Public Art and Commissions > INFLUX I had three sculptures outdoors in Scottsdale Arizona for an annual show called INFLUX June 2020 through February 2022. This was a great experience in that I was able to work with a city’s art department and structural engineers making sure my pieces are stable and would be able […]

Holding Sway

Holding Sway Size47″ x 72″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: I really enjoyed the translucent layering (glazing) in the lower left side of the last piece and so this photo highlighted the potential for this type of layering making it a perfect choice for the second of the series. Learning, […]

Energy of Bliss

Energy of Bliss Size48″ x 66″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: This view emphasized the twisting motion of the manipulation process. I particularly enjoy how the green allows the orange to feel more intense to the point it appears to be absorbing the green. The contorted mattress springs look as […]

Deluge

Deluge Size42″ x 58″ The left two images show the painting in-process. Sometimes, the initial layer or two of paint for these paintings tempts me to call it done, yet as this was the first oil painting I had attempted in over 20 years, I stuck with the plan which was to push the limits […]

Expression of Cover

Expression of Cover Size42″ x 69″ The left image is of the sculpture fully lit. There are many opportunities for paintings with the shadows on this one. I chose the bottom middle to start.  Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: This particular view was more challenging to the first two in […]

Intersections & Into the Flow

Intersections & Into the Flow Size 22″ x 22″ x 3″ The left image is titled “Intersections” and the middle is “Into the Flow”. There are many Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: These are two 18”x 18” stretched canvases. At the time I had made five wood panels with which […]

Applied Confidence

Applied Confidence Size38.5″ x 24″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: The first piece I’ve ever tried painting oils on wood. I thought the surface would have been too slippery, yet I believe the flat, latex paint I use for the base created some friction for the brush. The shadows became […]

Dwell & Brood

Dwell & Brood Size38.5″ x 24″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: The way I composed the picture of the actual section and shadow of the sculpture for Dwell & Brood I knew would create a dynamic tension. The way the shadow seemed to reflect or look back at the sculpture […]

Drifting Up

Drifting Up Size49″ x 24″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: With this one my system which I wrote about with the second painting in this series Holding Sway, seemed to be tiring or becoming trite to me. I found myself wondering if I’m still hanging onto too much realism like […]

Pooling

Pooling Size50″ x 28″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: The sculpture is from my thesis show, repainted yellow and hung on a chartreuse wall. I loved the flowing line of the arch form. It’s is similar to the arch of a human’s back from the shoulder blades down to the […]

A Pivotal Moment

A Pivotal Moment Size48″ x 36″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: Always experimenting. I’ve been staring at another painting of mine, Falling Up which is hung in my living room. I like to hang my pieces in my home after I think they’re resolved most of the time finding ways […]

Layered Intersections

Layered Intersections Size 14″ x 11″ Notes taken directly from my reflection journal, uncut and unedited: In an effort to increase the amount of depth I decided to paint each layer, I would normally have painted on top of each other on canvas or wood, on separate panes of glass. Oil paint would take too […]

Shadow and Detail

Shadow and Detail The beauty of Shadow. Mattress spring units, rows of coil springs held in a rectangular form by spiral wire and sometimes with 3/16” steel rod create a wonderful pattern. The bending, twisting and contorting adds movement and rhythm. My process repatterns, seeking to remove the “mattressness” from this commonly used household item. […]

Mandalas

Mandalas What is visually interesting about mattress springs is how they relate to linear perspective. Mattress springs are made from fairly thin metal wire. That wire looks like lines drawn on a page following the rules of linear perspective. Artists refer to this as mark-making. When you look at a mattress spring down the side […]

Bend, Fold, Twist

Bend, Fold, Twist In 2015 and 2016 I search for materials on the Craigslist website mainly under the Free Stuff tab. Early in 2016 I came across an individual giving away a brand-new mattress spring “inner” (the metal part inside most mattresses). It took them a couple of weeks to respond to me and I […]

Combining Rolled & Bent

Combining Rolled and Bent Above is the same sculpture. The patron purchased the sculpture in 2018. It was the first mattress spring sculpture sold since I began investigating mattress springs in 2017. I called her in 2021 asking her about the sculpture. She excitedly told me she still loves it and that she had moved. […]