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STORY STICKS

The “Story Sticks” series began with one fallen Redwood tree limb that I dragged down a steep deer trail from a nearby ridge. I stripped off the bark, sawed off twigs, sanded and bleached, and then finally began the embellishment. It later dawned on me that I live near the California coastline that offers a bounty of driftwood—ocean-washed and ready to use. I seek to wake the tree from its dead state by coaxing out its essential character. I relish the timelessness of the gatherer process to find the right branch to be transformed into painted sculpture.

"Story Stick Forest"
Gallery Installation
Each stick approx.
8 ft. high x 9 in. circumference
driftwood, wood, acrylic paint, metal, decoupage, twine