In Memory of a Canyon
This is a combination of traditional tapestry (the flat areas) and hand-knotted deep pile, with beads added for extra texture and interest (please see the detail image which follows). I gave myself additional challenges by choosing weft yarns of widely varying sizes and textures (much more difficult to keep the piece flat). The inspiration was a photograph I took while hiking in the slot canyons of Glenn Canyon before it was "drowned." It is stretched around canvas stretchers.
36" wide by 48" high
Fall foliage in New England is almost always spectacular. Overnight rain had put this creek in spate and the entire scene looked like a Chamber of Commerce image to me. I sketched and took photographs, thinking "someday, I'll paint that." Someday, I did. It was my first landscape in oil and I'm still as proud of it as anything I've ever done.
42" wide by 32" high
Guardian of the Canyon
During the mid-1980s I had the opportunity to travel the length of Lake Powell when the water level was within 11' of being as high as it had ever been. Because of that, I had views of rock walls, canyons, arches and other wonders that few people have experienced. These days, with the water level approximately 100' lower, this view would be entirely different. I feel honored to have seen the area when I did, and have attempted to capture the majestic vistas as faithfully as possible.
28" wide by 35" high
I have signed/numbered (edition of 150) lithographs of this image available for $39.
Open edition lithographs are also available for $15
This was the first adaptation of a Clifton Johnson photograph I attempted and the result gave me the courage to continue the series. Done in a "Spring colors" palette, it could be one of a pair, or even trio, of the Johnson images I've done, so far.
26" wide by 31.5" high
The Karner blue butterfly is one of the most diminutive (about the size of a nickle) and endangered of our butterfly species, having evolved dependent on one specific plant, the wild lupine. As this country plowed its prairie habitats for agriculture, cities, and housing developments, the lupine and Karner blue populations crashed. Restoration plans are being considered but it's always much more difficult and expensive to restore an environment than it is to destroy one.
21" wide by 25" high
I have three gicleés (from an edition of 6) available for $49, or high-quality color copies for $5.
Map of Middle Earth
This was the first item of needlework I did from J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy. It's the complete Map of Middle Earth enlarged from Tolkien's own topographical drawing of the SE quadrant in The Return of the King.
52" wide by 47" high
wool yarns stitched on linen, lined and framed in fabric; hung on a dowel rod