Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Passing of a Great Artist

Today I lost a very special, lifelong friend and mentor.   Since before I can remember, Betty Nissen was  a driving influence on my creativity.  She was my "other mother", and as Jim has termed her, she was my "Spiritual Godmother".   This is a photo that was taken of her in 1976, in Hawaii.   Of all the photos in our old family albums, this is the one that to me expresses what I connected with the most in her personality... her sassy, relaxed, creative fire.  I will so miss this beautiful lady.

For those of you who've missed my regular postings, I apologize...  I found Facebook, and have been catching up many "friends" with the creativity you've all been sharing already!  When I finish creating my business Facebook page, I will link you to it.   I've been in denial for a long time as to what a powerful tool Facebook is!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


The previous posting was a close-up of this finished sculpture.   It was photographed by Neil when Hope had just been sculpted, before she was dry and ready to be fired and painted.  She was around 30 inches tall and sold at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach, California, some months later.   The eyes invaded by light gave the impression Hope was gazing into a reality I could not see.   There was a future sculpture, Oracle, that also had those eyes.   I am so grateful many of these pieces bring me a quiet message I'm not able to glean for myself.   Now it's been a year since I've been working with clay, perhaps it's time to put my hands in it again.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hope's Reach

This is a close-up detail of the facade of Hope, a sculpture I had done soon after 9-11.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Arboreal Yoga

Yet another older sepia ink sketch on parchment.  I guess this one is a little strange!  I was pushing the envelope with the tree-being concept.