A Sea Inspired, California Artist Series

BRUCE MITCHELL, SCULPTOR

Bruce Mitchell is a sculptor who uses found wood as his medium. Living in Northern California, Bruce has access to many beautiful types of wood such as Redwood, Acacia, Cedar, Eucalyptus, Western Maple and Douglas Fir. His career has spanned over that last half century starting with an apprenticeship with the renowned Sculptor, J.B. Blunk. Mitchell's works are simple in form, beautiful and bold, without being too large or overbearing. They carry with them a feminine sensibility and a touch of ethnicity from Africa to Oceana. He doesn't overthink the process, but rather instills his own emotional attachment to each individual piece and follows that feeling as he cuts, saws chisels, and subtracts.

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A Sea Inspired, California Artist Series

LINA JANE PRAIRIE, KELP ARTIST

Lina's work is very unique but her process is as old as human civilization. She uses kelp and other materials found on California beaches to create beautiful baskets and sculptures. Her baskets range in size and complexity with the kelp's different hues of browns and yellows creating natural color designs. Using her weaving skills, Lina's sculptures tie together beach collected materials including driftwood, bamboo roots, rope, and all kinds of kelp to create pieces that are beautiful and abstract. During my visit, Lina was working on a commission for a landscape architectural office in Sonoma. The two pieces are window installations made of steel frames and openly weaved Bull Kelp, check them out below. 

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