Jeffrey Bale is a landscape architect who is an artist, a world traveler and a builder of gardens best known for his pebble mosaics. He also chronicles, not only his own work, but the art and anthropology of the places he observes on his trips, most notably to Islamic countries.
Jeffrey was born in Eugene, Oregon, and lives in Portland. He travels though most of the winter months: to places like Mexico, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, South America and throughout the Mediterranean region. Everywhere he goes he documents beautiful things, with an eye for how they were made and why. There is a story behind every design. He says the artworks that inspire him most are those made “in harmony with nature.”
Jeffrey is also a maker of books. He has created works on his own designs and his most incredible volume — Moroccan Gardens (examples, above) – which is as spectacular as an epic motion picture.
His photographs are startling. Any one interested in Islamic design should get this book. You can also view his gardens on line, and follow his journeys on Jeffrey’s blog.
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