In the Studio
These pieces are a celebration of native plants (weeds and otherwise) in watercolor on gold panel. Whether attracting pollinators, holding soil in place, or filtering out groundwater toxins, these indigenous plants are representations of Wharton Esherick's idea that, "Nature is always the BEST artist."
Capturing Art in Nature
One of the first forms of photography, cyanotype printing uses chemical derivatives of iron that when combined with water become sensitive to UV light. My mother, a textile enthusiast, and I teamed up using the cyanotype process to capture images of wild grasses, ferns, hollies and other natural wonders on fabric. We're now turning them into lasting art pieces in hopes of brightening your day!
The Newfoundland Coast
Natural resources, particularly maritime ecosystems, are an inspiration to me. Here are some seascapes of the Northern Atlantic done in oil that have helped me cultivate my own environmental stewardship.
Hex signs are a cultural signature of Pennsylvania representative of the rich Germanic heritage that can be found on historic barns in the eastern part of this state. While some believe our Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors painted them for good luck, others maintain that they were painted merely for decorative purposes highlighting the beauty of the surrounding nature.
This modern hex piece was commissioned for my godfather Lane Schultz, a Schwenkfelder descendant. The custom black stallion design flanked in a vibrant red field pays homage to his service with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Vietnam War. The gold diamonds represent his successful career as a Ph.D. Geologist, and the gold echinacea blooms pay tribute to the gardening talents of his wife Sandy, my godmother.