Art has been a part of my life for a very long time.  I’m sure other artists that really pursue it as a career or passion have similar stories – I’m not special (just unique!). My Mom used to take me down the street to a neighbor’s house for art lessons when I was about 7 years old. My favorite toys were the ones I used to make STUFF: Vac-u-forms, Creepy Crawlers, Lincoln Logs, Play-Doh (I loved the extruder!), Erector Sets and more. I spent endless hours building model cars (Ed “Big Daddy” Roth kits were popular).  I took a lot of shop classes in Jr. and Sr. High School.  While I finished my engineering degree, I spent years in ceramics classes and then married a potter (now mosaic artist).

I have a deep curiosity. There are many similarities between engineering and art, both of which involve problem solving and building things. In the last 3 years, I have learned how to cut, weld, bend and shape metal, how to fuse and cut (mosaic) glass and to use all manner of different media including acrylic paints, texturing materials, metal patinas and more … all of which go into my sculptures.

My inspiration often comes from the world around me, a shape from here, a color there. Insects, rocks, tree bark, mountains creating a torn paper silhouette on a setting sun sky. The movement and textures of nature. Shadows and negative space. What happens … if … I do … this? I make art because it’s not there, yet. Being able to imagine something and then manifest that vision into the physical world, is a powerful and joyful thing.

Many things can happen in bringing a piece of art to completion, including the occasional catastrophe.  But, as Dylan said: there’s no success like failure; you learn a lot from your mistakes.  And after all your plans are tossed to the wind, you may end up with something completely different, better than you could have imagined. Thank you Muse, for the Happy Accidents.

As of 2020, I am doing this full time so things will evolve rapidly.  Thanks for your time and keep watching.