Animal welfare and the environment are two of my greatest concerns. I believe that all lives have value, and deserve our kindness and respect. In several works in this series, I have re-intentioned steel butcher trays with imagery honoring the lives of animals. Many of the trays also include images of pine and spruce, in remembrance of the many beautiful trees lost to recent devastating fires and storms.
To create each piece, I first fire on an overall background color, then add two or three additional firings of spot colors. The colors are added by a combination of sprayed liquid enamel and sifted dry enamel over stencils. After the base layers of color are complete, I then spray a layer of black enamel over the entire tray and allow it to dry. I then use a sgraffito method to create the line work of the image reductively from this black layer. Once this is completed, I sift and brush additional powdered enamel over portions of the design to intensify color, soften areas of black and add dimension to the piece. I fire the black layer and sifted colors together, adding more black and color in additional firings as needed to achieve the desired look.