I am living creative live, I was labeling myself as an artist but discovered that leaves me with a boundries. Being creative is the way I live life, possibilites are everywhere
I work as the Director of IT at Swarovski Lighting. I am the architect and designer of our applications. I lead an incredibly talented team of developers who are way more talented than I am but I still enjoy writing code and developing applications. As one of the few remaining manufacturing environments where we design and adapt the applications match the business, it is a joy to make software work for us and not the other way around. It is a major creative outlet allowing me to make and create daily. I have been at this a long time and love what I do and can't see stopping any time soon. Who knows what the future hold and as I approach retirement I want to do so many other creative things.
Sculpture - I discovered I was a sculptor over 30 years ago, with an introduction to wildlife carving, I found it easy to visualize the result before I ever began the process. I see the finished sculpture in the stone or wood and must work out how and what I need to do to get it out. Learning techniques and processes for doing this is taking a lifetime. After years of reductive processes, I added assembling sculptures from metal and wood mainly from found materials.
Furniture is unique form of sculpture, where we except people interact with it by sitting or put things in it and on it. Making furniture to me is an extension of sculpture wanting to present an idea or show off beautiful materials. Naturally I gravitated to tables since I always need a place to put sculptures.
Crafts - that is not something associated very often with fine artists but since I am a creative it fits in just fine. To me this is still a sculpture endeavor but with a more whimsical and folksy approach. I see others craft works and get inspired, I find that I get snippets and inspiration from the smallest details and if take the ideas back to my work bench and I make this change or that addition it could look really unique. Sometimes it is the challenge of making something similar to learn a new technique that gets me started.
Painting – this is my newest endeavor and I jumped in with both feet. I have always been fascinated with watercolor and the way it moves and flows on the paper. I am now painting my favorite subject – birds. This will be another journey and I am happy to add another creative outlet.
I work in my home shop and studio for all my sculptural pursuits. Key is reference materials, first it was books and magazines and field photography with film then it was the digital camera and the internet. Now I find it's my cell phone, digital camera, tablet as well as my trusty paper standbys. I am hooked on Pinterest as a great way to find and save images that are an inspiration of trigger a concept. It's never the whole image but it's a detail that grabs my attention.
I make sculptures because I want other to feel a connection to my subject, Birds - fascinating, so close, and just out my window but never close enough to touch. We all experience them the same way, at a distance. I like to give a chance to feel that beauty up close, although touching finished sculptures tends to effect the finish, sometimes you can't help yourself from reaching out and touching something beautiful. I also enjoy doing small fish, it's the beauty of the rich coloration and subtle color changes that I find appealing, just like birds they are just out of reach in everyday life. Over the past 30 years I have done many other subjects such as rabbits and chipmunks since I find fur a fascinating texture. I always tend to end up back sculpting birds.
Funiture is a function of need, but it should be beautiful.
Find my work in limited galleries
Contact me if you you have a deep love of any of my subjects.
I'm deep into being a creative, love to listen to podcasts of other artists. Looking forward to chasing full time sculptural pursuits once I get to the end of my software creative cycle.
The bio picture that every artist has to have, static and posed, but is not who we realy are.
This is Niko, a British Lab, well to be clear my wifes dog that she lets me play with.
Working on a stone Barn Owl. With this piece I discovered color variations in the stone and as I was working, it continued move and I just had to follow to define the shoulder and wings.
The Owl nearing completeion, hours of sanding and polishing reveal the beauty of the stone.