Our engraved art starts with a drawing or a photograph. I selected the source materials for these early pieces based solely on something in them that caught my eye; something that I could visualize in a finished engraving. This was an exercise in discovering the process.

Each of these artworks is made from a vector file, an exact image of what is engraved on the surface of the stone. I created these files using a combination of drawing software on an iPad and laptop computer. Image tracing on the tablet allows me to quickly compose the vector drawing, then it is refined on the computer and exported as the file that is read by the engraver. This step is where I get to express creativity and imagination. More of my engraved art found here.

Crane


Phase 1

 Ink sketchbook drawing of a crane in a nearby swamp.

Phase 2

The vector graphic used for engraving.

Phase 3

Crane 18” x 36” engraved travertine tiles, grouted then crane figure hand-etched. 2015

Consider The Lillies


Phase 1

Consider the Lilies - original photograph
These yellow lilies grew abundantly in our yard. A perfect description of them is in Matthew 6:28 and Luke 12:27.

Phase 2

Consider the Lilies - Vector drawing formatted for engraving
The vector graphic used for engraving.

Phase 3

Engraved on three pieces of limestone tile, hand painted.

From The Han Dynasty


Phase 1

From the Han Dynasty - Original pencil drawing
I drew this image while observing a terracotta equestrian statue at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Phase 2

From the Han Dynasty - Vector drawing formatted for engraving
I was captivated not only by the statue’s sculptural qualities but by its age and the distance it had traveled over the centuries. 

Phase 3

From the Han Dynasty - engraving on limestone
I found a piece of limestone that fit perfectly with the design. The material and composition combined to evoke a sense of age.

Fireworks


Phase 1

Fireworks - original drawing of Shefflera plant
This is a drawing I always liked and thought it would work as an engraved piece. It reminds me of fireworks.

Phase 2

The objective in this engraving was to give a sense of depth by varying of the weight of the outlines.

Phase 3

Fireworks - Engraving on marble tiles
Nine pieces of 12×12 polished marble comprise this engraving. Hand painted with gold paint.

Lake Charlotte


Phase 1

I made this sketch at Lake Charlotte, Long Prairie, MN.

Phase 2

To clarify depth I added details to the foreground.

Phase 3

Lake Charlotte - engraving on marble tiles
We engraved this image on 8 12×12 polished marble tiles then painted it in black.

Underside – Monarch Butterfly


Phase 1

Butterfly photo
I found this butterfly in our yard just after it died. It was in perfect condition, laid out flat and symmetrical. I wanted to create something to reflect its beauty.

Phase 2

Underside-Monarch Butterfly - Vector drawing formatted for engraving
I imported the photograph into a vector drawing app on my iPad and painstakingly traced it to render the image above. Tracing the head, body and legs presented a challenge in getting lighting and magnification just right on subsequent detail photos.

Phase 3

Engraved granite - Monarch Butterfly
Artwork engraved on 18 12×12 honed green granite tiles. Then the lines were painted – some in black and some in gold. The larger dark areas were stained with color enhancing sealer.

Twirl


Painting details

Engraving: Paint touch up

More painting on white marble

Engraving: Paint touch up

On display

Twirl 2017
Twirl 48″ x 60″ engraved marble tiles, 2017. Displayed at Great River Arts, Little Falls, Minnesota