Art embellishes life. Everyone deserves to enjoy original art in his or her home, office, and garden. My goal is to create a wide variety of interesting and dramatic pieces that are available to patrons with
a modest budget for artwork, and have fun while I’m doing it.
I love working with all
types of metal and creating art from reclaimed materials. I see art in remnants
and acquire materials from a variety of interesting and sometimes unusual places.
My work continually evolves and I enjoy exploring new techniques, processes, and materials. My extensive travel throughout the world and particularly in South East Asia
has been extremely influential in developing my own design style. I am most influenced
by Asian and Art Deco design. My belief is that the two compliment each
other and work well with many architectural styles. I also love Retro designs and patterns, cubism, and abstract art.
I’ve been fascinated
with metal fabrication and construction since I was a teenager at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School
in 1977. I occasionally worked with metal for artistic and functional applications
during a 21 Year career with the US Army. After my retirement from service, I
decided to pursue my lifelong passion for metal work.
I attended the Welding
Fabrication program at South Seattle
Community College where I learned advanced welding techniques, layout,
fabrication, and blacksmithing. I have experimented and perfected a multitude
of finishing processes; texture and polish, traditional patinas, heat patinas, and commercial coatings to use in my artwork.
For the past 4 years I’ve had a wonderful time exploring and experimenting,
sculpting, and completing numerous residential and commercial projects.
I always enjoy people’s
reactions when they discover I was previously an Army Ranger and Army Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), it’s very
rare for us to pursue art as a second career. Even though my former fellow Soldiers
and Commanders always knew I wasn’t the typical “SF Soldier” they are very surprised and tickled when I
tell them what I’m doing and show them my work.