I’m an American mixed-media artist, using recycled styrofoam (or Expanded Polystyrene – EPS), metal and various acrylic materials to create free standing and wall mounted sculptures.

My personal aesthetic tends towards abstract and highly textured surfaces – both holdovers from decades of working with clay.  As a matter of fact, I spent the last four years developing my current style, only to discover I was using styrofoam and acrylic texture compounds in aaaaaathe same way I worked with clay.   Both are insanely flexible in terms of the possibilities for shape and texture with the only limitations being the laws of physics.  The big differences are that styrofoam is very light weight and my final results are more immediate (I don’t have to fire a kiln).

My freestanding sculptures are built using steel armatures and, just as with the wall sculptures, all my pieces are coated with cement to make them durable.  The surfaces are then covered with various texturing compounds providing a design surface that I colorized with metal coatings, patinas and acrylic paints.

I have spent a large part of my life learning how to make my art.  Quality is a big deal to me.  So is joy – I truly enjoy making art.  I hope you enjoy the results.

Art for Purchase

Currently available artwork can be found in my Etsy shop.   If you are interested in any of the the larger free standing sculptures (not typically on Etsy), please let me know.

I’m happy to accept commission work.  Please understand that everything I do is totally one-of-a-kind and exactly reproducing anything is highly unlikely.

In any event, for more information on anything, please contact me.

Front view of "Heart of Thorns" artwork.
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