James has worked with perfectly round, square and straight metal for some time. With enough heat and violence, the biomorphic transformation begins to occur. The assemblage of tree limbs, once living, ready-made shapes, is antithetical to the process he has honed for years. His new endeavors are inspired by thoughts of nature’s repetitiveness; the ignored and unseen; and left-handed tooth brushing.
Cornish artist, Amanda Richardson, hand dyes fabrics to create highly detailed applique landscapes, inspired by her beloved flower gardens and Cornwall countryside. A graduate of Goldsmiths’ College, London, Ms. Richardson pioneered a technique of combining silks, satins and velvets to form richly colored textile collages. Depending on the light-source, these dynamic artworks reflect and absorb the changing light, continually presenting a fresh experience to the viewer.
Widely travelled, the artist lived on San Juan Island in Washington State for ten years. Having returned to Cornwall, she continues selling her work internationally both to private and corporate clients. Her art can also be seen in her working studio in the Penberth Valley, near the Land's End, surrounded by the exuberance of her garden that provides subject and inspiration for much of her art.
Larry Ringgold was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay, growing up crabbing and fishing with local watermen, and always feeling a connection to the Bay. He has been a Carpentry/Woodworking Teacher and woodworker for over 42 years. Making driftwood art is a recent endeavor that was made convenient by summer hurricanes and the opening of the Conowingo Dam. Due to the massive flooding, great amounts of all types of wood drifted down to the Maryland beaches. Having always found driftwood art fascinating, and now plentiful, he saw his first driftwood sculptures in California in the 70’s and since then found others online, such a Deborah Butterfield, Matt Torrens and Heather Jansch, all doing magnificent work.
Ringgold gathers select pieces of driftwood from the beaches of the Chesapeake watershed and joins the pieces together to form figures from both natural and mythical worlds, emphasizing life and attitude, while highlighting the beauty of the wood.