Mary Alice Sterling
A self taught artist, Mary Alice came to the art world after a career as a registered nurse in the US Air Force. She creates her baskets, weaving complex textures with both visual and tactile appeal.
Her work is most often executed in natural materials, sometimes richly colored and figured hardwoods, with occasional mother of pearl or fossil ivory accents. Each work is a closely orchestrated marriage of texture, form and color. Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she naturally takes much of her inspiration from what she sees all around. The natural world, Native American legends, or pure whimsy are all fair game.
Where others strive for esoteric meaning, she seeks the means to appeal to the eye and the sense of touch. This is art that says “Pick me up — Please Touch.”
Internationally known sculptor began a unique and award winning career in wood art by carving Japanese netsuke (pronounced net-skeh) as a mechanism for coping with the extreme stresses of an Air Force career flying F-111 fighter bombers (the “switchblade Edsel”). Netsuke is a unique form of small sculpture which developed as an art form in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years, serving both functional and aesthetic purposes. After retiring from the Air Force, he began carving netsuke professionally, becoming well known in the international circles of netsuke collectors.
Now, branching out into producing art knives, his background in Japanese art reveals itself in a unique melding with the other past cultures that have caught his interest along the way. While the majority of Tom’s work ends up cared for in collections, each work he creates is designed to be completely useable. Construction methods typically use exposed or hidden tenons, pegs or other mechanical holding mechanisms as well as top grade fixatives to ensure a lasting, museum quality work of art.
Tom currently exhibits at BladeGallery.com and The Epicurean Edge, 107 Central Way Kirkland, WA 98033 (425) 889-5980