Holland Van Gores

Artist Statement

Taking a piece of wood destined for the fireplace or landfill and making something a friend, relative or collector wants to take home with them is a rewarding experience that never gets old.

I take cues from the inspiration of all I see around me and that in turn pushes me to create my own idea of natural beauty. Most my work has an organic feel to it and I still aim for that quality.

Early in my woodworking career, I was introduced to the lathe - the tool that would become the center of my creativity. I knew very little about the lathe starting out, but loved how a piece of wood could be shaped into a form quickly and easily compared to a saw, plane, or chisel.

I'm always tempted to experiment with different forms and textures, which eventually led me to try a technique known as "lost wood". This method involves removing a predetermined amount of wood from a turned work after it comes off the lathe, thus transforming it into an altogether different shape-often an elongated oval. This process allows for a shape that's very different from most other typical lathe work.

This past year I was introduced to the ancient art of milk paint. The oldest painted surfaces on earth were colored with simple environmentally friendly composition of milk, lime and earth pigments. I apply milk paint in multiple layers and colors, and because of it's soft velvety qualities, it give me a look and feel I am happy with.