My Entry Into Marquetry

My Entry into Marquetry 1993 Private Collection

My Entry into Marquetry

An Artist’s Awakening From the Sewell’s Point Entry Door – Stuart , FL. – 1993

This was my Very First Marquetry Project!  I had been commissioned to design a carved door to complement the profuse tropical landscape of my clients’ home, but while they loved my design, my price to create it as a high-relief carving was outside of their budget. They had already paid me for the design and were considering sending it to Indonesia or Mexico, where some very capable carvers work for pennies per day, but graciously agreed to give me a couple weeks to come up with a more affordable alternative.
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The Sum of Some Segments

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Pursuing the Mojo of Mixed-Media Marquetry

Sketching and painting have been parts of my life from my earliest memory, but the necessity of making a living had long relegated my artistic drive to the level of therapeutic exercise, interspersed with occasional, unsuccessful forays into the realm of art/craft shows and underpriced commissions … until the summer of 2008, when an unexpected layoff from my career in the cabinetmaking industry, with no other jobs available to replace it, forced me to consider the possibilities that lay within the stacked and stashed pages of my aging art “portfolio“ … not that much of it was presentable – but when it occurred to me that one of my unsatisfying watercolors might look better cut up and redone as a work of marquetry? My accumulating depression vanished, my inherent persistence stepped up, and Satisfaction was the result! I quickly set my unemployed but highly motivated time to creating MORE ! …
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Night Music

"Night Music" 19x27in. $475.

“Night Music”

Framed Original Marquetry – 19x27in. – $475

All of my music themes are an effort to create sounds in two dimensions. Something Bobby Darren said about people “hearing what they see”, resonates as inexplicably true to me, so I just go with what I’m hearing as the work progresses. Thus, when a Jimi Hendrix tune filled my studio, my quandary over the shapes of these instruments’ sonic release ports was solved, through channeling an unlikely pair of performers, whose influence finally gets equal billing here. This composition was performed in Fumed Eucalyptus ; Ribbon & Crotch Mahoganies ; Tiger & Birdseye Maples ; Redwood Burl ; Anigre ; Paldoa ; and Dyed Sycamore ; with strings of metallic inks …


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The Beachcomber

"The Beachcomber" 16x24in. $1,150

“The Beachcomber”

Original Marquetry – 16x24in. – $1,150

Self-portrait of the artist as a floating abstraction. The original sketch for this quickly became an artistic rip-tide, carrying me along through my vast collection of natural and dyed veneers, including Sycamore, Walnut, Paldoa, Zebrawood, Fumed Eucalyptus, Redwood Burl, Ribbon Mahogany, Snakewood, Padouk, Beechwood, Brazillian Cherry, Birdseye, and Tiger Maples.


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Friends of the Wind and Tide

"Friends of the Wind and Tide" 16 x 20 in. $675.

“Friends of the Wind and Tide”

Original Marquetry 16×20”  $675.

My love of the sea and sailing informed this work in Fumed and Natural Eucalyptus, American Cherry, Paldoa, Florida Cypress, Tiger and Plain Sliced maples, Anigre, American Walnut, and Ash, with a title from a favorite song by David Crosby…


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Into the Wind

"Into the Wind" 16x24in. $750

“Into the Wind”

Original Marquetry 16×24” $750. 

A couple of my previous works are reprised here, this time in Birdseye Maple, African Mahogany, Sapele, Cypress, Walnut, Beechwood, and West Indies Rosewood, with accents in ink and oil pastels.


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Myriad Beach Light

"Myriad Beach Light" 16x24in. $750

“Myriad Beach Light”


Original Marquetry – 16×24” – $750 

Facebook asked where I went to college – I listed it as – “Myriad Beaches State College” –  it’s always been more a way of life than an Alma Mater , and my matriculation continues . . .

This, and all the new work from our Florida studio, are meant to form a partial portrait of it’s infinite campus. Made with natural wood veneers including : Redwood Burl (Sky);  Fumed Eucalyptus (Ocean); African Mahogany, Tiger Maple, Birdseye Maple, Zebrawood, and Ebony.
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Big Music

"Big Music" 28x34in. $1,500.

“Big Music”

Original Marquetry – Framed 28×34” – $1,500.

I Like It LOUD !! When I create these musically themed works I have One goal in mind – to make Sound in two dimensions ! My fans assure me that they can indeed, Hear This Composition, in Walnut, Rosewoods, Ebony, Mahoganies, Pearwood, Tiger Maple, Anigre, Snakewood, and Redwood Burl, with water-colors and inked accents. Prints in a variety of sizes are available thru my site at FineArtAmerica.


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