The Art of Veneer pattern matching has been practiced by cabinet and
furniture makers for centuries. The concept of slicing lumber into thin
leaves and rearranging them to accentuate the grain character, and
create unique patterns. has been practiced by craftsmen since the time
of the great Egyptian civilizations, 3500 years ago. The traditional way
of laminating lumber boards together to create the flat surfaces of
casework can be embellished with the application of carefully sliced and
arranged veneer leaves. With several hundred species of decorative
woods to choose from, Designers and Artisans can select for color, for
pattern, and for grain texture, elements that can add value to a piece
of furniture; of millwork; or upon any other wood application.
Each tree is unique, with its own special character, color, and grain
pattern. The art is in the selection of the right veneer type to fit
the right application. Furthermore, the art is in the "layup" of veneer
leaves to create a visual statement of pattern; of contrasting
textures; or of "movement". Symmetry and Asymmetry play a vital role in
defining the designed intent. Careful cropping and placement of veneer
leaves is an important part of the subjective design and crafting
From this is borne the "Art of Veneer Pattern Matching"
I am fascinated by light, reflection, and the interplay of
overlaid images, especially pattern. It is the suggestion of an
alternative world existing alongside every-day reality that captivates
me and remains a constant source of inspiration.
I paint shadowy figures merging
into the fabric of their surroundings, making it impossible to
determine where one ends and the other begins.
The images I paint are alluring
and stylish. Figures, largely female, are taken from the worlds of
film, fashion and glamour modelling. I paint on patterned furnishing
fabrics using layers of transparent paint to explore the interplay
between overlaid images and exploit my fascination with pattern.
produces fine reproduction Bronzes for discriminating Designers &
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