Robert Blaise, Wood Art & Furniture
In 2010 artist Robert Blaise seized an opportunity to leave the fast life and commotion of the east coast. He moved to Lakewood, Colorado, and subsequently moved to Pagosa Springs in 2016. In 2017 Robert experienced his first Pagosa winter, and “the isolation from my friends and family left me feeling dejected until I rediscovered woodworking as an outlet for creative expression and collaboration.”
Realizing the potential benefit of art therapy for those who struggle with mood disorders and anxiety Robert and his wife, Dr. Jo Blaise, started a nonprofit, Wood for Good. The nonprofit’s aim is to establish programs that use wood creations, and interaction with others, to counter the effects of depression.
Robert is a talented mixed-media artist who has gained attention for using epoxy in woodworking and 3D layered art. Today, the creation of tables fuels his passion and imagination. According to Robert, at its core, a table goes beyond the surface of dining; it can represent the central location where family members gather to talk and reconnect. “With each table I create, I envision a centralized place where multi-generational family stories are shared, and new memories are made.”