I grew up in a very small town in the heartland of the Midwest, Fort Branch, Indiana, population 2,500. I didn't really know any artists in a town so small but I was certainly surrounded by numerous people who knew how to make things. After all, that's really what I love to do, make things. If you asked most artists how or why they became an artist, most will tell you the same thing, I didn't really have a choice, I was born that way. That's certainly the case with me. I attended the University of Southern Indiana where I received a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to attend Arizona State University where I received My M.F.A. in 1985. I took out a loan and put my first studio together in 1986. My earlier work was strictly nonfunctional, consisting of large scale wood sculptures that incorporated elements of furniture and architecture. In 1995, I introduced my first piece of functional work in an exhibition at the Horwitch/Neuman Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since that time, I've designed and built numerous one of a kind cabinets and tables and more recently have introduced several production pieces
These works are designed with more of a streamlined approach while focusing on surface texture and detail.
My first one person show was at the Collier Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1988 and I've since had numerous one person exhibitions at the Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Chiaroscuro, John Elder as well as various museums and art centers. I've been fortunate to have my work collected by numerous private and corporate collections from New York to Los Angeles and abroad including the McDonalds Corporation, Neutrogena, Cole Taylor Financial Group as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nelson Fine Art Center, ASU, The Evansville museum or Art and Sciences and the Indiana Art Museum. I currently maintain my studio along side my house in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sadie and her dad making a piece of art. 2015.