About the Artist
All I ever wanted was to be an artist. After High School I was spending too much time in an unhealthy and unproductive lifestyle so I joined the Navy where I served for 4 years on a Fleet Ballistic Missile nuclear submarine. Upon completion of my enlistment Texas Instruments hired me and paid for my engineering degree lock stock and barrel. I spent the next 30 years working as a Manufacturing and Quality engineer in the semiconductor, spinal implant and nuclear instrumentation industries. In 2016 the stars aligned with my unused military educational benefit and I quit my day job to begin art school at Texas State University. Originally thinking sculpture would be my focus I took a metalsmithing class and was hooked. I completed a Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Metalsmithing in 2018. I've been having the time of my life making furniture and sculpture using traditional hardwoods and metals such as steel, brass and copper. Lately I've been honing my welding and blacksmithing skills through ACC's diverse welding department
Creating works of art using mainly wood and metal provides a sense of sharing with humankind throughout history. Making work seems to satisfy a deep human need for self-expression and therefore must be done. Fulfillment from a pragmatic, self-worth bolstering standpoint can also be derived from using ancient materials to bring our visions to life. With the infinite processing techniques available for wood and metal there is no limit to the outcomes available from working with the two. Working with our hands has given us as a people artistic satisfaction as well as safety and prosperity and is to be celebrated. My work features detail and craftsmanship and can be representational or purely conceptual. Whimsy sometimes plays a role in keeping things light and provides a reminder that fun is as integral to the process as hard work.