I’m a mixed media artist.  Specifically, I make abstract / contemporary sculptures using metal, recycled Expanded Polystyrene, acrylics and glass (kiln-formed or mosaic).

My personal aesthetic tends towards highly textured and dynamic surfaces – the latter a holdover from decades of working with clay.  As a matter of fact, I spent the last few years finding my niche only to discover I was using styrofoam and acrylic texture compounds the same way I worked in the insanely malleable medium of clay.  I was back home.

My sculptures are built using steel, aluminum or styrofoam as the foundation and/or armature.  The surfaces are then covered with various texturing compounds providing a design surface that I colorized with metal coatings, patinas and acrylic paints.  Sometimes I’ll add glass or other metal elements to the design.

I have literally spent a large part of my life figuring out 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.

Buying Mark Art

My current artwork is – or will be – available through my Etsy shop.   I am putting together a representative body of work in the current style that will all start showing up in early March 2021.  I am not typically selling any of the older art found on this site.  If you see something you cannot live without, 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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