About The Maker

ElanaFaceI have worked with wood for more than 40 years. As a child I explored a variety of media and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a young adult, I fell in love with wood scraps from a nearby lumber yard, sought to understand how the physical “constructed” world was put together, and proceeded to develop and hone my skills–building cabinets, custom furniture, decks, additions, and new houses. In a “woo woo” moment, the wood asked me to reveal its nature as three-dimensional chunks rather than as flat boards, which meant it had to move to walls! My furniture and sculptures have been shown in galleries and shows in Wisconsin, Oregon, and North Carolina, and my work has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine.

In the mid-1990’s, I led the design and construction of a 24-townhouse eco-community on four acres–essentially creating a very large sculpture of an entirely different kind!

Now I love bringing to life sculptural expressions of personal vision and organizational purpose. Wood, with its warm universal appeal, is the perfect medium for evocative compositions that make universal ideals tangible. Some wall sculptures combine as many as 15 or more types of woods, and they all seem to get along with each other.

A visual language for each sculpture emerges from the combination of the approved design, the endless variations of shapes in my mind, and what each individual piece of wood says to me as I work. Each sculpture is a 3-D puzzle, uniting me as maker, the chunks of wood, and viewers in a metaphorical inquiry.

Commissioning Process

As a client, you may send me your idea for a sculpture or simply request a consultation during which we will explore your ideas, the wall you have in mind, and your budget.

The design process for these sculptures is collaborative, ranging from a one-hour consultation with a single client to a design charrette for a highly participatory organization. A conceptual sketch and design proposal follow, with sometimes further back-and-forth to arrive at just the right expression of the desired concept. An approved design, contract, payment of a deposit, and my estimate of a schedule to begin the sculpture clinch the deal.