Glass | Metal | Fire
I am a metalsmith, artist, sculptor working with humor in mind.
I've been working in the arts forever. I have the ornamental BA in Art Ed. Bad planning - there were no teaching jobs back then. So I did photography and graphics while hustling through architecture school. I am a recovered licensed architect.
Architecture let me explore my love of classicism, the renaissance and all things Italian,. I had a small-ish career doing residential, hospitals and high end retail, which was an odd mix. Best job in architecture: working for Milton Glaser and absorbing the magic and humor of Glaser's work / studio. All the while I kept painting. I was in a number of small shows in NY's East Village and had some solo shows in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. I love painting and color.
I am a full time artist now, living in North Carolina where I spend time biking, hiking and exploring the outdoors. I fell into metalworking during a residency at the John C Campbell School, up in the mountains. I didn't even mean to take the class, but enamels found me via the teachings of Kay Patterson and Charity Hall. I think that was the first tiny that one ever said to me, "paint bigger", "make it bigger". It was my dream of tiny Renaissance treasures.
Most of the rest of my knowledge in metalworking has been experimentation and trial and error. Architecture training helps. I had to solder, weld and hammer while getting my master's degree.
Now my goal is to make art that can make people smile.