About the Process
Raised under open western skies. Settled in North Carolina.
I am a metalsmith / artist / sculptor working to make art that will make people smile.
Background: My first degree was in Art Education, at a time when there were no teaching jobs. I did photography, and freelance graphics to make ends meet. Architecture School was next. I am a licensed/registered, though non-practicing architect.
Architecture let me explore my love of classicism, the renaissance and all things Italian. For the next 15 years I designed and supervised the construction of an odd mix from hospitals to high end retail to a television station to daycare facilities. Best job in architecture: working for Milton Glaser and absorbing the magic and humor of Glaser Studio.
I love painting and color. All the time that I was doing architecture, I kept painting. I had some soloe shows in Pittsburgh and Baltimore and was in several group shows in NY, Chicago, London, Washington DC...
I am a full time artist now, living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Aside from enameling and metalwork, I spend my time biking, hiking and drawing. I fell into metalworking during a residency at the John C Campbell School, up in the mountains in the fall of 2019. I took two classes up at JCFS and then began a long apprenticeship of trial and error.
For the conceptual part of metalwork, my architecture training helps - I already knew the basics of welding, soldering and strength of materials. Now I'm learning how to shrink things down to something that I can hold in my hands.