All work in this section is currently for sale either from me or from a gallery.
I hand collect all my bark, white pine and tulip poplar being my favorite barks although I also use aialanthus, maple, fir, sassafras, elm and cherry. I work with very few materials that I feel are archival enough to withstand many years, decades. these include eggshell mosaic, broom corn(it has this silica coating that makes it strong and shiny), and honeysuckle and twigs, both very woody. Recently I’ve been using the human form as a starting place for many of my pieces.
I strip bark off newly cut trees in early summer when the trees are full of water and life. I’m really not sure why the bark does come off, because when it’s not summer, that bark is not going to let go of it’s tree. There are an abundance of unwanted white pines (I have a whole overgrown Christmas tree farm) and tulip poplars so don’t think I am wantonly cutting down trees. White pine bark is quite pliable when it is new or resoaked after storage. with the flexibility of leather. when drying the bark I must make forms or stuff my pieces with crumpled newspaper to get it to do what I want it. And still it wants it’s own way.