I have always been a woodworker, since childhood, my father and I making many things in the garage. But wood turning was always something back in my mind as a hidden passion. Once I bought my first lathe, it was clear to me that this was within me all along. I let a piece of wood talk to me, to tell me what it needs to become. As I turn the conversation continues, and the results are a magic blend of creativity and technical ability. Experimenting with different woods and products to reveal refreshing images is always on my mind. As one of about 100 practicing Ornamental turners in the country, I find using my Rose Engine lathe a pleasing challenge, knowing that each time I create something, it will have its own personality. The complexity of this art has given me a new outlet in creativity, and always a special challenge with a different wood, or design.
The practice of pyrography is an art form when done right, and I love discovering new ways to add it to a piece for extra dimension. Whether it be whimsy, or thought provoking, I find it can change a piece completely.
My photography has evolved from my high school days in some sense, but I still enjoy the old car, weathered building or stark scene in both black and white, and color. Using both large formats as well as 35mm has given me many options in my shooting and developing.
Both my woodwork and photography has been in galleries around the continent, and shown in Art shows mostly locally. Shops and galleries that carry my works are looking for something different, and I am glad to supply that. I have mentored for several years, and enjoy the delight that my students get once they have mastered each new level and their appreciation of the art.