I was born in late sixties in Cedar Rapids Iowa, a beautiful, agrarian city nestled along the Cedar River and among farm fields and old oak forests.
This has traditionally been a community that thinks with its hands and takes great pride in its laborers, thinkers, artists, and craftsmen. It’s a community that still raises its’ children with the belief that much of life’s wisdom is found through the handle of a shovel and encourages a curious exploration of the natural world.
As a 16 year old, I was lead to begin formal art training and left home to attend Memphis Academy of Arts to study drawing, sculpture, and silversmithing. By the age of 20, I had established the beginnings of a private silversmithing studio for ongoing personal nighttime studies and had accepted my first position as a technical foundry artisan in an arts foundry in Arizona. The next decade was spent working with groups of artisans providing technical assistance to professional artists in producing bronze works for private collections, museums, and large public art works for display throughout the southwest, west coast, and pacific rim countries.
More recently, since 2007, most of my personal studio activities has been focused on creating personal silver ornament and functional ceramic work for FetishGhost and RedGateCeramics. It’s through my studios that I’m learning to serve my local community and take an active role in promoting the Arts to the next generations.