Woven Cross

An unexpected aspect of online worship is the opportunity to have a close up view of altar and pulpit furnishings. My pew partner Joan recently wrote me, asking that I expound on the woven cross she saw closely on Zoom Easter worship. I created this white frontal for our congregation, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in … Continue reading Woven Cross

Design for a Specific Space

Creating art work for a specific environment can offer the opportunity to use new sizes and proportions.  The client wanted pulpit frontals that picked up colors in the stained glass, that did not obscure the cross in the pulpit, and that complemented the chapel furnishings. The results include bold cross designs in fresh proportions and … Continue reading Design for a Specific Space

Art to Touch

What is good art?  Let me rephrase that: what is effectual art? I am filled with joy when one of my works evokes touch.  Of course, I am filled with horror if the viewer is reaching out with hands that have just touched chocolate. I had lunch with a friend last week at The Village at Orchard … Continue reading Art to Touch

Mystery, not Magic

Advent, my favorite liturgical season, suggests mystery and anticipation. What's happening? and When? I never cared for magic as a child, but I did love the present making and wrapping and the cookie baking that filled time in December. I even bought into cleaning because that preceded the decorating and then company and festivities! My … Continue reading Mystery, not Magic

June Morning

Today my hands rinse strawberries in a bowl with holes. I know the farmer who raised the berries. I know the potter who fashioned the berry bowl. This is the community I have been seeking. I pop a berry in my mouth. I recall William Morris's Strawberry Thief. I value the decorative arts, creative expressions … Continue reading June Morning

More Than Conquerors

This is a banner I made for the Metro DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for their celebration of the Reformation in 2011.  It is inspired by Romans 8: 37, the verse that proceeds one of my personal favorites.  It is a processional banner, with words on the back for the viewers … Continue reading More Than Conquerors

An Artist’s Prayer

There has been discussion recently about what pieces of artwork I would not sell. This is one of the few. It evolved over several years. It began as an 18" square, my response to a class assignment to work in a monochromatic color scheme. I loved the unfinished results for several years; I remained unwilling … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer

Stoles

Ever Widening Circle Stoles This set of five stoles was designed for a bishop's assistant. The recipient worshiped with a different congregation nearly every Sunday, so he requested the stoles be portable (not wrinkly) and versatile in color. I chose quilt cottons in traditional patterns to accomplish those two requirements. Fabric selection and the set of … Continue reading Stoles

The Custom Process

Each custom piece follows a variation of the following steps. I will use the creation of "Hear the Word, Do the Word" as an example. Initial contact. This is simply a conversation by phone, email, or in person that establishes mutual interest and expectations. I explain my design process and discuss my fee system.Interview. In … Continue reading The Custom Process