Wood, Paper, and Cloth
Doris and Lars Larson
Doing art is compelling. It is a response to the wonder of creation and somehow connects the creative force within me to the awesomeness of God’s creation, in all its complexity and variety. I see potential artworks everywhere: in a flower, at a stone quarry, on a rock face, in footprints in the sand, in the beauty of a winter day. The challenge is to transfer this inspiration into a completed work. Doing art is demanding, all-consuming, often satisfying and it keeps me awake at night!
Revealing the beauty that lies within a log cut from a tree provides both challenge and pleasure for me. My goal in woodturned pieces is to strive for shapes that are pleasing to the eye and to the touch. As a result, many of my turned bowls and hollow forms reflect classical woodturnings. Following current trends to enhance pieces once they have been turned, I attempt to maintain the natural beauty of the wood while highlighting various attributes through carving, woodburning, dying and the application of paint.