Wednesday, April 29, 2015


This is Champ, he is an show winning Irish Setter.  Actually, Champ represents several, in a long line of show winning Irish Setters.

This piece was commissioned as a birthday gift for a dear friend's step-mom, Wendy.  
Wendy shows Irish Setters in shows, competitions and obedience trials. From what I understand Wendy has had a long history of "Champions'.

Not only are Setters beautiful dogs, they are energetic, intelligent, affectionate, loving, high-spirited and full of energy. They love family time, whether indoors or out, and they get along famously with children and other pets. They have no real  guarding instincts, however.
"Champ" started out as small wooden dog form found at a local antique store.  
This is what he looked like when I first saw him.

After few weeks with me, he transformed into a pup full of boisterous energy and whimsey. 
It turns out that Irish Setters want to be involved in everything you do. This one apparently got into a few of the 'stashes' in my studio when I wasn't looking . . . when he came out he was all "bling-ed up and fancy".

Champ sits on a silver trivet. The trivet sits atop a smaller silver tray, which sits on a mini turntable lazy susan, so he even spins!

The birthday celebration was this past weekend, and from what I understand, "Champ" was received with open arms, and he won the heart of the birthday girl!

Thank you Tracy!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom

"Pearls of Wisdom"
We discover the 'pearls' as we go.  We collect them, one by one.  Precise and succinct ideas about what is right and what is truth.  We discover our own realities, we acquire our own indisputable principles. We pick and choose the bits of internal advice that fit. These are the things that develop our character.  These are the Pearls of Wisdom that guide us as we journey.

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, (Marin MOCA) will be holding their 6th annual altered book fundraiser, to include the work of over 100 Bay Area artists who re-construct and re-work books to produce a highly entertaining and remarkably varied exhibition. The exhibit and silent auction will be open for bidding from April 18-May 23.

"Pearls of Wisdom" is my entry to the book show.