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Throughout my life I have been assembling things. I’ve always loved the challenge of creation. The processes and materials I work with today are much the same as those from my youth.
With my dad I built soap box derby cars, and was introduced to the world of power tools and materials like wood, metal, auto body filler/fiberglass, and acrylic lacquer. When I outgrew the derby, I customized real cars and for a while fostered a desire of being a car designer.
At Christmastime, my siblings and I helped my mom make cookies. Mixing and matching sugars and sprinkles yielded a wide range of colors and textures. I understand now that I was developing a sense of adorning or encrusting an object. Today I like working with brass and plastic shavings from local fab shops.
My academic background in formal design enables me to create works both large and small. Over the span of my artistic career, I have developed two main bodies of work. The first includes smaller, more precious objects that incorporate elements of nature and the man-made. The second is a series of works at human scale. Some combine celestial models or compasses with the human form. Most are abstract, steel, and rusty brown: homage to my rust belt town. A branch of my work includes motorized sculptures: one is based on a carnival tea cup ride. The others use motors to spin bowling balls for various effects. I like to instill in my work a sense of play, movement, triumph of the human spirit.
Over time, I have developed a fondness for clay and steel: clay for its malleability and steel for its rigidity, mass, and structural possibilities. Surface treatment varies with the given form of a work. The materials I use (fiberglass, two part epoxy, acrylic lacquers and urethanes, and varied bits of plastic or metal) means the combinations are endless.