This mixed media piece is 20" tall. Mother Earth started as a plain LED Halloween tree, the female body and all of the animals are hand-sculpted using paper clay, the face is also hand-sculpted but made of polymer clay. The piece was then painted with Vallejo acrylic paints and sealed for durability. To add some color and vibrancy to the tree I used a unique green yarn that looks very much like a willow branch. The LED lights are purple when it is turned on. It runs on 3 AA batteries.
Every proper myth and legend features a door, gateway, or mirror acting as a portal to another dimension of reality, plain existence in a faraway realm or alternate universe. This is my interpretation of one such portal. The pood piece was a perfectly sliced knothole from an oak tree. Tried for many seasons and preserved for this purpose. I envisioned this very large troll with his arms draped on either side of the portal, ever watching and guarding the way to their realm. There are two dryad wood nymphs also waiting and watching just inside. I hope this piece inspires your imagination as to what their realm would look like. I have left the original exterior intact other than sealing it and sculpted the characters on the cut side using creative paper clay. It is all hand-painted with acrylic paint and then sealed. This is a one of a kind piece. Thank you for coming and looking at my work. The piece is about 13" tall.
This is a piece that I sculpted from a very uniquely colored piece of driftwood. The Black and white coloring on the wood was its natural color. When I found it I immediately saw the shape and envisioned this very piece. I saved it for many years waiting for the day when my muse was ready to bring her into our world. This is part driftwood in its natural state and part nurtured by me using creative paper clay, acrylic paint, and a lot of time and creative energy. Her base is dyed concrete made with embedded recycled glass. I tried to honor the design mother nature and the water gave to this unique driftwood and left the backside pretty much as it looked when I found it. My series is called Nature vs Nurture and they are all unique pieces of wood that I saw a character or multiple ones just below the surface and now they have emerged. Thank you for looking at my art.
This is a wonderful piece of Grapewood. I picked it up and immediately saw these two characters waiting to be developed. The many knots and curves and shapes in this wood make it a very unique nature, but with a little nurturing on my part and some creative paper clay, acrylic paint, and some glass eyes you get this wonderful dryad elf lifelong pal the dragon. They are branch mates. The crystal star was added after the first pictures were taken so some of the pictures are without the crystal. I have an affinity for trees and the wonderful shapes that mother nature creates in the grain of different wood. I try to leave as much of it visible as possible including original colors where that works with the design. This is where the idea for the name of the series came from, Nature versus Nurture. I work with what mother nature put into the wood and infuse it with my imagination and nurture the creatures you see into it. Thank you for looking at my work. I will be adding new pieces as they are completed, each is a one-of-a-kind creation. I am sorry I do not ship internationally, I only ship to US addresses. No PO Boxes.
This wonderful piece is called Goblin Tree. The wood is very beautiful and full of wonderful twists and knots but I saw even more just waiting below the surface, in this case above the surface. This one has two little Goblins sculpted using ( creative paper clay) and two wood sprites sculpted out of (Cosclay Polymer clay)along with several blacklight-friendly/glow-in-the-dark portals in several places and a glow in the dark mushroom lantern(Cosclay polymer clay). The Goblin's eyes, lantern, portal entrances, and mushrooms hats glow under blacklight. Tiny doors and other portals are a favorite of mine. Every proper myth and legend features a doorway, mirror, hole in the ground or other gateway acting as a portal to another fantastic or terrifying place. Like the cabinet in Narnia or Alice's rabbit hole, they transport your imagination to somewhere wonderful. I feel having them around enlivens one's imagination as we ponder what might be found beyond the portal. The piece is 10" tall including the base. Thank you for looking.
The name of each doll is under its photo