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"The making of this book succeeds in its intent to condense the wisdom of the world's great thinkers and practicing artists. Their words about the artistic process are accentuated with a full-color backdrop of images curated from my career-long photographic endeavors. Designed in collaboration with art director Fred Hartson, Artistic Thoughts is a gallery exhibit miniaturized into a pleasurably digestible 5"x7" book format.

Hartson ingenuously arranged the most incisive quotes about the creative process into a beguilingly rhythmic 128 page presentation.  The result is a book remarkably accessible and useful to individuals at all levels of art appreciation. Devised for enjoyment, Artistic Thoughts enlightens and inspires a greater appreciation for the vast range of artistic endeavor available in daily life. "

Lydia Plunk - Home, Garden and Lifestyle Writer

  Artistic Thoughts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
5x7in Hard Cover $18.95

There is an emotional wonder that is inherent in everything Sam touched. Sam approached each project with an exacting eye for design and detail which took an inanimate piece of wood and imbued it with soul. By the way he practiced his craft; he elevated common objects to objects of desire.

My journey in producing this book really began in the late 1970’s. I photographed the home of William Shernoff.  In it were two items that grabbed my attention: a Maloof rocker and cradle. The fluid lines and craftsmanship were self-evident and memorable. Starting in the mid 1980’s Sam called me to photograph some of his furniture and then in 2004, I photographed Sam’s art collection. It was during this time that the concept for this book this came together.

Along the way, my Alta Loma neighbor, Sam, and I became friends. We shared a love and respect for art and artists, and we were both avid collectors.  We had a connection to the natural world and maintained gardens that are both personal and inspirational.  We both had successfully combined talent, skill and passion to make a living doing the work we loved. 

‘Maloof at 90: An American Woodworker’ was an intense labor of love of ultimate satisfaction. Through the pursuit of creating a clear and compelling picture that shows the essence of Sam Maloof, I had a rare opportunity to explore the relationship between art, creativity and commerce.   Now the book has come to life and now life becomes art.

 

Maloof at 90
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6x8in Softcover with French Flaps $21.95
  Maloof Beyond 90
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
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