Gruess dich, hello, I am an American who married an Austrian, we live in Austria. I have a passion to create things from natural materials. I have a BFA (Fine Art Degree) and since childhood have been creating things from wood, a readily available material where we live now. I have lived in Austria for 9 years and have produced small carvings since 2010. The tradition of carving has a long history here and inspires me; although the older artists and craftsmen are fading into the past, newer forms and ideas are continuing a strong interest in art. Please enjoy a tour of my galleries and my statements for individual pieces.
My work is small in scale and when you click on the upper right corner image, from the enlarged image, you will see the actual size measurements. I prefer giving the numbers then to photograph with a common object, such as a coin or pencil, to give scale.
Much of my work, although not necessarily all the current objects in my gallery, are intended for a use, or purpose in mind at the time of their creation. Mainly there is an aesthetic appreciation and life enhancement stemming from these small objects when the owner displays them in a setting whereby they and others can interact, hold, touch, feel and in some cases smell the work. They were not intended to be behind glass, or viewed from a distance. I consider many pieces appropriately called altar, or shrine, objects; but hanging a small mask from the wall in the right place in a home may also give its meaning a richer significance. You the beholder become important in the work, like a keychain, or something - not because keychains are tripe and kitschy, but because the one you use defines something about you.
Enjoy thumbing through the gallery, and if you have questions, requests or want to make comments, email@example.com
Gallery Fresh 2016