|Garden House by North Star Stoneworks|
|Chapel ruin in County Clare, Ireland|
We unconsciously seek to bring together our sense of the divine and the furniture of our everyday lives. The result is most profoundly seen in gardens. The plants we choose to inhabit our gardens reflect our own unique balance between heaven and earth. Landscape designs that recognize the emotional significance of a hollyhock, an oak tree, or bed of moss succeed.
As my work has evolved from plantsmanship and stone works, to building actual buildings, I have discovered that the same principle applies.
|garden by North Star Stoneworks|
With just a bit more thought, and perhaps introspection, the same materials could be used to create homes that are alive with the personalities and dreams of the owners. Part of the responsibility lies with the builders, who desire efficiency (read: mass production) and part with the buyers who feel that is all they can get from their budget.
|'Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway|
Frank Lloyd Wright was once challenged to build a house for $6000.00 (in the 1950's). He did it even though his other projects ran 10 to 100 times that budget.