RAKU SERIES - ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

My Raku series incorporates my love of raku pottery, my fascination of Japanese Kanji characters, and my passion in woodworking.   Raku means "enjoyment", "comfort" or "ease" in Japanese.  I use acrylic texture that resembles raku pottery; thin pieces of wood to form parts of Kanji symbols; and deeply saturated color.  These abstract paintings are midcentury modern meets Asia.


Raku Green Gold Triptych - Abstract PaintingS

Each of the three paintings are 24" x 36" x 1.5" museum gallery wrapped canvas (72 inches’ width overall).  The sides are painted black so framing is optional.  It is wired and ready to hang.   I added a photo showing what they could look like if framed hanging on a wall (this triptych is sold unframed).  $3,100 - SOLD, but we can custom order in your favorite colors.


"Fred & ethel" - abstract horses diptych - Paintings

In the late 1950’s my grandfather designed some midcentury modern abstract horses for my grandmother who absolutely loved horses. His original design was made out of wood and laid out on a framed wood panel.  My father nicknamed them “Orses”.  We recently found his original patterns that had been stored in different family member’s basements for over 65 years. The pattern he used was in perfect condition and placed in an old brown envelope with his notary stamp embossed on the front!

I wanted to honor him by using his original patterns.  I used acrylic paints and mediums similar to my other raku style work to get the crackle texture you see inside each of the shapes.  Every crack is painted with a tiny brush.

This diptych is named after one of the famous “couples” from the 1950’s & 1960’s television shows – “Fred and Ethel” from the I love Lucy show.

As a young child, I spent many hours with my grandfather in his wood shop and am grateful that I inherited his love for creating and making things with his hands.

Each of the two paintings are on 14” x 26” x ¼ inch birch wood panels.  They are permanently attached to a modern black “floating wood frame” (each frame is 15.5” x 27.5”), and are wired and ready to hang.  $975


Minimal Complexity Raku - Abstract painting

My "Raku" series incorporates my love of raku pottery, my fascination of Japanese Kanji characters, and my passion in woodworking.  I use acrylic texture that resembles raku pottery; thin pieces of wood to form parts of Kanji characters or architectural features; and acrylic mediums that look like colored glass (somewhat like a colored bottle).  The blue in this is gorgeous.  This painting is on 36” x 48” x 1.50" canvas-wrapped deep-cradled birch panel - much sturdier than regular canvas with extra wood supports, and of course weighs more. This type of wood canvas has great edges and does not need to be framed.  It is wired and ready to hang.  $2200


Abundance - abstract painting

Abundance is an offshoot of my raku series and incorporates my love of raku pottery, my fascination of Japanese Kanji symbols, and my passion in woodworking.  I use acrylic texture that resembles raku pottery, thin pieces of wood to form parts of Kanji characters, and deeply saturated color.  The stylized Japanese kanji characters in the center of this piece means abundance, wealth, or enrichment. The painting is on 40” x 16" x 1.5" museum-quality gallery wrapped canvas and is wired and ready to hang.  The cobalt-blue color in this piece is gorgeous!  $1,200

I can also do Chinese or Korean characters and have any inspirational message you would like.


Brushstroke Raku II - abstract painting

Brushstroke Raku is on 24" x 36" x 1.5 museum gallery wrapped canvas and painted in bronze and black - a very rich and elegant combination.  The kanji character means "brushstroke".  The sides are painted black so framing is optional.  It is wired and ready to hang.  $1000  


Blessings - abstract painting

Blessings is an offshoot of my raku series and incorporates my love of raku pottery, my fascination of Japanese Kanji symbols, and my passion in woodworking.  I use acrylic texture that resembles raku pottery, thin pieces of wood to form parts of Kanji characters, and deeply saturated color.  The stylized Japanese kanji characters in the center of this piece means blessings, fortune, or luck. The painting is on 40” x 16" x 1.5" museum-quality gallery wrapped canvas and is wired and ready to hang.  The turquoise color in this piece is gorgeous!  $1,200

I can also do Chinese or Korean characters and do any inspirational message you would like.

 


"ozzie & harriet" - Abstract Horses diptych - paintings

In the late 1950’s my grandfather designed some midcentury modern abstract horses for my grandmother who absolutely loved horses. His original design was made out of wood and laid out on a framed wood panel.  My father nicknamed them “Orses”.  We recently found his original patterns that had been stored in different family member’s basements for over 65 years. The pattern he used was in perfect condition and placed in an old brown envelope with his notary stamp embossed on the front!

I wanted to honor him by using his original patterns.  I used acrylic paints and mediums similar to my other raku style work to get the crackle texture you see inside each of the shapes.  Every crack is painted with a tiny brush.

This diptych is named after one of the famous “couples” from the 1950’s & 1960’s television shows – “Ozzie and Harriet” from the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet show.

As a young child, I spent many hours with my grandfather in his wood shop and am grateful that I inherited his love for creating and making things with his hands.

Each of the two paintings are on 14” x 26” x ¼ inch birch wood panels.  They are permanently attached to a modern white “floating wood frame” (each frame is 15.5” x 27.5”), and are wired and ready to hang.  $975

YinYang - abstract painting

“YinYang” is an offshoot of my raku series and incorporates my love of raku pottery, my fascination of Japanese Kanji symbols, and my passion in woodworking.  I use acrylic texture that resembles raku pottery, thin pieces of wood to form the center portion, and deeply saturated color.  The stylized Japanese kanji characters in the center of this piece is Yin and Yang. The painting is on 40” x 16" x 1.5" museum-quality gallery wrapped canvas and is wired and ready to hang.  It is the perfect size where you need length or for a narrow wall.  The red in this piece is stunning! $1,200


Contrast Raku - Framed - abstract painting

Contrast is black and white, with a hint of a very soft baby yellow. This painting is on 24" x 24" x 1.5" museum gallery wrapped canvas and framed in a black contemporary "floating frame".  It is wired and ready to hang.  $800


Purity - abstract painting

"Purity" is an offshoot of my raku series and incorporates my love of raku pottery, my fascination of Japanese Kanji symbols, and my passion in woodworking.  I use acrylic texture that resembles raku pottery, thin pieces of wood to form parts of Kanji symbols, and deeply saturated color.  The Japanese kanji symbol in this piece means “without poison”.  This symbol is used by athletes, the straight edge subculture, and others who live a drug free life and was my inspiration for this piece.  The painting is on 40” x 16" x 1.5" museum-quality gallery wrapped canvas and is wired and ready to hang.  The red in this piece is gorgeous!  $1200

I can also do Chinese or Korean characters and have any inspirational message you would like.