My parents tell me that I was drawing realistic sketches since the age of 3, when my first drawing was of the new ringer washing machine my father bought for my mother. We lived in Dime Box, and my mother took my sketch around town to show what her three year old did. I have been sketching and painting ever since. Not too longer after she died, I did a series of realistic sketches of my mother as a tribute to her, but I didn’t like them because they did not capture the rather funny, whimsical side of her that I loved so much. So I got the idea of drawing a series of “Mama drawings” that would spoof some of her eccentricity. So, I drew the series with her in the same polka dot dress, although she never owned a polka dot dress. I took the polka dot dress from my favorite photo of my Wendish great grandmother (her grandmother), and drew my mother with that dress on. The polka dot dress drawings are actually caricatures of my mother, but I loved them because they captured her whimsical nature. I am trying to locate all of them and place them together.

The Way

“The Way,” Wood Art, 6 August 2018 by Ray Spitzenberger. The cross, the hand with the finger pointing up, and Golgotha (the base) are pieces of driftwood from beaches in Hawaii; two other small pieces of wood are cedar. Here is what I have put on the bottom of “The Way,” a cloth fish. ]]>


Ray has introduced a new Spitzenberger genre, Spitzen-Whittles. The Great White Heron Created from three pieces of Hawaiian driftwood. Cow’s Skull and Rattlesnake Created from a Cypress tree knee. The Majestic Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron Created from two pieces of Hawaiian driftwood. ]]>