Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Public Art for Hire!

I have always had a huge interest in public art and have recently decided to offer my artistic services to my community. I am interested in creating art in visible spaces that will help to energize the south town area. I am available to paint outdoor murals big and small for anyone interested, preferably but not limited to an area visible to the public for passer by's to enjoy. Beautiful public spaces serve to inspire, promote health, happiness and well being.

Mural on the side of my shed overlooking my garden
I am open to creating my own original artwork for homeowners to choose from, work with home owners on designing original artwork that reflect a theme or idea or create artwork to specifications such as a photograph. I am asking to be paid for my time (and any materials I need to get) and my pricing will depend on the magnitude of the project. I do not have an hourly rate. I am flexible and open to negotiating partial trade or Corvallis hours, so feel free to inquire. Please contact me at if you are interested.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Clay and Light; A Winning Combination

 I recently finished a figure sculpture in which I added a solar powered light to illuminate the inside. I built the figure out of recycled clay during a demonstration on figure building for my adult sculpture class at the OSU Craft Center last year. The form was designed with the intention of adding a light inside at some point. With the help of my husband and our tech savvy neighbor we cut out a wooden sheet of 1/4 inch plywood for the base and were able to attach a small solar panel to the back of the sculpture using 5 minute epoxy, running the wires up the hollow inside and into the head of the figure, and placing an on/off switch just inside the square cut-out on the right breast. I free handed the skeleton ribs for the inside with ink on heavy paper and cut the anatomical heart out of an anatomy book and glued them inside. The paper with the ribs on it is concealing the wires running down the back of the sculpture. I ended up selling this piece and it was given as a wedding gift.
Sculpture with red solar powered light illuminating hand drawn ribs and skeleton inside as well as a copy of an anatomical heart.