My apologies for the lack of activity here for a while.
In these days of dramatic habitat change, one of the things that most sustains me is the shared love for nature and beauty found among those intoxicated and enthralled by their place in nature. I am bolstered by a small network of lovers thrilled by an animal sighting, some anomalous landscape mystery, or an artist adept in the out-of-fashion, but ever priceless and seasonal, expression of endearment with nature.
“The state of feeling which makes one capable of such achievements is akin to that of the religious worshiper or of one who is in love.” Albert Einstein
I met Janel more than 20 years ago and felt an immediate kinship around a shared affinity for the natural world and expression of such through art/craft means. At that time she was working in carved porcelain, and moved shortly thereafter to wood and other organic materials. A friendship developed as we met regularly at craft shows or netsuke conventions, where there were shared meals, B&Bs and an ongoing dialogue about woods, tools and habits of critters.
So I would like to present Janel’s work which speaks volumes, and a few of her own comments. She makes it look easy. It isn’t. All of these pieces were carved from a block of material, some with natural suggestions or “defects”, and all with unique color and grain characteristics.
To see more of Janel’s work please visit her website: Janel Jacobson
Also, you can click each photo below and be taken to its archival page at Janel’s website for more views, and other works from that year.
Additionally, each piece has a number and can be located through this link at Janel’s site: Numerical List