About the Artist
About 25 years ago, when I was a young rancher in Montana,I learned how to cut with a plasma cutter and weld. Many years later, I applied these skills to my vision of what a Birdhouse could be. Useful, functional, and a burst of colorful art......all while providing and attracting birds despite our dwindling natural habitat. My husband builds a plain but perfect Birdhouse with a 1 1/2” hole, and a hinge down door. I use exterior stain and apply a top wash of latex with a dry brush . Each house is decorated with an array of my handheld torch cut designs, and in this way “themes” are created. The roof and decorations are cut out of solid roofing copper. Each wooden birdhouse is painted in an array of about 30 colors, some are striped and some in various washes. No two are alike. Solid copper which is cut using a freehand plasma torch, is used for roofing and decorations. Two brass eye hooks are installed for hanging purposes, and a brass door latch makes the house easy to open. I use a natural patina process with leaves and grass. Fully functional art in nature! The inside of the house is bare and “bird-friendly”.....over and over again we hear how our functional art brings not only joy aesthetically but actually birds! Lives and works in Berryville, VA.