Pyrography

Diana's Dragon, 1994

Diana’s Dragon, 1994. Five 12.5″ x 9.5″ basswood panels, pyrography and oil color pencil, created for the artist’s sister, Diana Grishaber. Private collection.

Pamela's Wisdom

Pamela’s Wisdom, 2008, 16″ Maple Round, pyrography, oil color pencil, mixed media. Animal images from Jamie Sams and David Carson, Medicine Cards; private collection.

Valerie's Song

Valerie’s Song, 2008, 16″ Maple Round, pyrography, oil color pencil, mixed media. Animal images from Jamie Sams and David Carson, Medicine Cards; private collection.

PantheraLeo

Panthera Leo, 2009, 24″ x 16″, pyrography, private collection.

LeosLady

Leo’s Lady, 2009, 24″ x 16″, pyrography, private collection.

Mesa Siempre, 35" diameter, pyrography

Mesa Siempre, 2015, 35″ diameter, pyrography on cherry table top. Reference photo used is of a beautiful gypsum reproduction of the Calendar Stone found on Wikimedia Commons, having originated from this site (the maker of the stone reproduction): http://www.karnhack.com/pietra-del-sole-calendario-azteco/.

This piece required over 980 hours of burning pencil-point sized dots, layering to create the values you see here and give the impression of dimensional relief.  Completed over a two-year period, Mesa Siempre is my most ambitious pyrographic work to date.  I’m deeply appreciative of the artist who created the amazing calendar stone reproductions and provided a photograph of his work on Wikimedia Commons.  I was relieved to find the work and the image, as it so closely matched what I was hoping to achieve with this burning.

The Calendar Stone is deeply moving to me.  I often think of the original creator and the civilization from which it came.  It offers so much insight even today and will no doubt for many generations to come.  I discovered myself through its wisdom.

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