Lab Monkey

April, 2019 – 25x32x9" – This little primate is made of a leather bicycle seat, wheelbarrow bed, dug glass bottle lip, plastic auto part, beach glass tears and other found objects. I painted the wooden dowel bars a metallic gold. He is very upset and I don't blame him one bit.

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Owlet

March, 2019 – A very nice lady commissioned me to create something of a good-luck talisman for her. After a long time considering what to do, I sort of fell in love with this little fellow. When I asked her if an owlet would be ok, she answered that where she lives, she can hear owls at night outside her window . . . so it was meant to be.

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2018 PICKING AT CHENMAN'S SCRAP YARD

Check out this short video by George Arbogust, a local ecologist and promoter of creative recycling. Here is his Facebook page.

Portrait of Alvin

December 2017 – 16x35" - A very special guy passed away last November. I was so lucky to know The Sweet Sultan of Salvage.

This scrap art portrait of Alvin Jones, the late proprietor of Country Boy Antiques in Norfolk, was created using many objects purchased from the subject himself. I was doubly blessed to meet his wonderful son, who came to my "E Pluribus Unum" exhibit in Norfolk and to whom I bequeathed this work.

This art also accompanied a superb profile of Alvin by Ryan Murphy, talented reporter for The Virginian-Pilot.

Read it HERE.

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FLY MY PRETTIES!

Oct. 2017 – 30" long – NFS – I love the action of this hanging witch made of a piece of driftwood, child's broom, funnel, fork, doll leg and other found objects. Halloween is a boundless source of inspiration for me and something I celebrate year-round.

Henry David Thoreau

April 2018 – 12.5x16.5" – NFS – During the month of April, while exhibiting at the wonderful Dragonfly Studio in Ghent, the folks there encouraged me to set up shop in the gallery and work on projects as they struck my fancy. One result was this portrait of the great American poet. The shattered side mirror formed the basis, and once I'd found the right nose, the likeness was clear, at least to me!

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Keith Richards

2017 – 12x16" – Sold – One day while I was browsing amid the many splendid items at Country Boy Antiques, I picked up this silver teapot and turned it upside down. "Hey, Alvin," I said, "Look – it's Keith Richards." We both laughed. Seriously, it looked like him without me having to do ANYTHING. But I did anyhow. His headband is a peanut butter jar lid. His guitar, a Bakelite switch plate, and assorted other found objects. It's really a thrill when objects resemble actual, real people...

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Series of Driftwood Animals

May, 2018 – 11.5x11.5" – NFS – Set of four framed animals made of driftwood with slight carving accents. The frames also made from a 12-ft-long piece of wood found on the beach at Ocean View.

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Touched By an Angel

2018 – 8x8" – Gifted to a friend – This small assemblage was made of a winged screw and other unidentified dug relics donated to me by my dear friends, Roy Bahls and Vicky Friedrichs. It rests within a piece of architectural salvage from Alvin's antique store.

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John Torrington

2017 – 18x27" – Sold – Back in the 80s I saw a wire photo of a well-preserved corpse in an icy coffin - John Torrington, a 20-year-old seaman aboard the ill-fated HMS Terror. He had died of lead poisoning and was buried in the permafrost of the Canadian wilderness in the 1840s. Rediscovered 130 years later, exhumed by scientists and photographed, looking pretty much the same as when he was entombed. 30 years later, I finally had the materials to create my own depiction. During all of this, I was completely unaware of the AMC serial, "The Terror," based loosely on The Franklin Expedition, which began airing shortly after this piece was exhibited in April. The scene of Torrington's burial was depicted.

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Kitchen Witch

May 2018 – 10x22" – NFS – According to Wikipedia, "a kitchen witch is a puppet or homemade doll resembling a stereotypical witch or crone displayed in residential kitchens as a good luck charm and to ward off bad spirits."

This is probably the 4th one I've made - this time for myself.

If you'd like to commission one for your own kitchen, please contact me and I'll get started.

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