Natural Materials in Cross-section, bone, antler, horse/deer hoof, rawhide dog chews, cactus, pine needles, sticks, dowels, rattan, walnut, bamboo, grasses, catnip stems and others.
Charles retired from medical practice of pathology in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and is now doing mixed media art with an emphasis on books, boxes and paper. He learned to use a variety of materials in workshops at University of Illinois, Arrowmont, Penland, and Paper and Book Intensive. Favorite materials and processes include wood, ceramic, handmade papers, alternative photo processes, blacksmithing, natural and found materials. He helped restart papermaking at U of Illinois, and has volunteered repairing books at the U of Illinois library. He shows work regionally, and donates to the Morgan yearly to promote this amazing resource for the book and paper community. Cleveland is a regular destination to see a relative who plays piccolo in the Cleveland Orchestra.
He likes light, pattern, and biomorphic forms. Cross-sectional patterns resemble tissue cells in microscope slides. This cross-section of the world is mostly unseen, and often beautiful.
The panel shows a dense pattern of natural materials in cross-section, including bone, antler, horse and deer hoof, rawhide dog chews, cactus, pine needles, sticks, dowels, rattan, walnut, bamboo, grasses, catnip stems (square), and others.