Katherine Cox does detailed drawings on hand-crafted paper.
Her husband, Jonathan, makes large-scale sculptures using wood and stone.
The longtime couple, both professors at Marshall University, produce very different work. And yet exhibited together, as it is this starting this weekend at The Art Store, their artwork seems a natural pairing.
Katherine's pieces feature ordinary items - twigs, stones, trees - rendered in lovely detail and muted tones on beautifully textured paper.
Jonathan's sculptures are at once complex and simple, featuring many layers of wood brought together in curved shapes.
Both love great ingredients.
She's passionate about her paper, which she makes. He loves finding just the right type of wood and marble, be it rare ebony, Honduran mahogany or a verde marble from Vermont. He has collected wood for years, and some is now so rare that it can't legally be harvested anymore.
Jonathan loaded his sculptures into a rental truck earlier this week to bring them to Charleston, where they were carefully assembled.
He said he has loved wood since his boyhood in Florida, where he and his firefighter dad built boats together. Boat building taught him the finer points of shaping wood on a form, and Jonathan said he typically works in a large format.
"I usually work on three or four pieces at a time," he said. Sometimes he sketches an idea.
"And sometimes I have a really clear idea of what I want to do," he said.