Flower Fence Shadowbox, Wood, Metal, Toys, 1998
I bought this shadowbox for a dollar at a yard sale in the 90s. I did not alter the shadowbox. My wife found and gave me the rusted metal grate for a paint tray laying in the street on a walk one day. When people know you use found objects in your artwork, they often find things to give to you to work with. I attached wires and flower beads to the grate to resemble a flowering vine on a fence. I placed some old toys from my childhood on the shelves of the shadowbox and hung the beaded grate in front.
I painted a series of shadowboxes with acrylic paint to give to my family for gifts in 1989.
Spindles Shadowbox, 1992
A gift to my mother. She hung it up in her living room and loaded it with hundreds of tiny mementos.
Left and Center: Tea Set Shadowbox, acrylic on wood, 1988
When I was a tot, my parents gave me a toy tea set, which I still have. My Dad glued back together the pieces I broke while I was serving tea to the table where a number of my dolls were seated. The shadowbox came with the set but was in rough shape by the time I became an adult, so I painted it.
Right: Shadowbox, April 1988