When Gil moved with his spouse to Arlington, Virginia, and later to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, he continued his landscaping endeavors. He also started to collect objects that he would find on his walks with his Great Danes and other pets. Eventually, he decided to start creating sculptures from the cache of feathers, nests, branches, mushrooms, vines, and whatever else caught his eye. He would embellish them with acrylic paints, beads, copper wire, and other materials to create and transform them into whimsical representations and vignettes. His dinner plates are an extension of his drive to create.
Please visit Sculptures from Nature to view more of Gil's art.
The Origin of the Plates
One winter, Gil noticed that the water in his bird bath had frozen overnight. He poured hot water over the ice, which freed the disc of ice from the edges of the bird bath and formed beautiful patterns on its surface. He removed the disc from the water and took a photograph. Later, he added colors and had the pattern made into a decal, which he printed onto his first dinner plate. And so, Dinner and Nature was born.