My decision to work with metal was formed early in life . The event, as I remember it, was a kind of communion with the molten earth. I made a decision, then, based on the mysterious description of a man who lived in the foothills of Virginia. He was a blacksmith. Rural Virginia provided me plenty of opportunities to learn about life on a farm, peer into the vast sky at night, and explore the wild details of nature. The observations from those years contribute to my work today. As a teenager I hiked in the Canadian Rockies and lived in Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica. In Mexico, I apprenticed to an artisanal metal shop.
When I returned from Costa Rica in 1992, I found my way to the sculpture department at Virginia Commonwealth University. The fundamental concepts of studio art were formed in the two years I spent there, experimenting with various materials. I was compelled to integrate what I had learned about process oriented sculpture. I moved to Pittsburgh, worked in the arts community, completed many group projects, augmenting my interest in sculptural ironwork. I completed my degree in art from Carlow University and returned to Virginia to realize my original intent.
Today a range of work is being produced from a broad and fertile base. I have found generous patrons and a meaningful livelihood. Everyday I work to clarify ideas and materialize them in my work. I am fortunate to find great challenges and opportunities as a sculptor and metal worker. Ever diligent in my effort to nuance and inform a reluctant material, I find abundant opportunity. I look to meet viewers inclusively, contribute to an exciting dialogue and realize considered work.