My Family at Home
This was a private commission with a brief that the six members of the family be represented by images of leaves, plants, objects, and a dragonfly. Carved on oak, it is painted with watercolour and acrylics, and finished with acrylic varnish. It is sited outside by the front door of the owner's home.
carved wood relief panel on oak
61cm x 39cm
Commissioned work requires some visual research to get to know the images required; this can mean looking at frogs, tadpoles and roses, or Daleks, Xbox controllers and dragonflies. The next thing is to make the subject matter into a design that works as a piece of art. Finally thought has to be given to where it will be sited, to how much weather it will be exposed to if outside, and painted and finished accordingly. However, some clients don't want the work painted and are happy that it weathers and ages without protection.