Over the next three pivotal years, and throughout travels in many countries, my passion for producing art grew. Art, the handwork from which beauty blooms, became the only profession worth pursuing.
The study of architecture drew me to the University of Oregon in 1971. Midway through this program, I enrolled in sculpture courses under the well-known Northwest sculptor, Paul Buckner. Here I discovered the artistic direction to fulfill my dreams: good physical work which rewards skill and patience with enduring beauty.
Visions of European woodcarvings, a complete set of Swiss made carving chisels, and an abundance of rich Oregon woods consumed much of the following decade. A stint of apprenticing to Florida wildlife artist, Daniel DeMendoza, added technique in realistic wood carving.
In 1983, I was drawn by the artistic atmosphere of Carmel, California. Determined to be a successful artist, I accepted an increasingly diverse range of commissions which challenged me to refine and, at the same time, expand my skills. Some of the results, in a variety of sculptural media, are shown throughout this site. During this period I had the good fortune to work in the studio of Richard McDonald, noted figure sculptor, as well as collaborate with fine furniture maker, Tom Ocampo, of Carmel Valley.
The year 1995 witnessed a return of the pendulum swing with a move back to the Pacific Northwest. A beautiful rural home on which a large new studio has been built has coaxed new creations, including human figure carving in stone, landscape murals in wood, and a variety of new castings in bronze. I have had the opportunity to join the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (as well as the Pacific Northwest Sculptors), carve and teach at various symposia with other stonecarvers, and enjoy increasing public awareness of the beauty of carved stone. I am becoming increasingly inspired by the opportunity to produce public art – art that enhances the common spaces where we all work and live – as well as art for the garden.
Currently my work is exhibited at the Galleria of
the Fifth Street Public Market, in Eugene, as well as the Lake Oswego
Outdoor Art Exhibit, in Oregon. Please contact me with any questions,
and your response to my work.