I was born in Whitefish, Montana
and have lived in the state most of my life.
Several years ago I came to the
BozemanĖLivingston area where I began working in local bronze foundries. I went
from studying art in college directly to the production line as a welder,
metalworker, and patina artist. Iíve since moved on to painting and sculpting
full time. Iíve realized that my years in the foundry were a paid education to
build from, gaining a thorough understanding of the casting process.
It was not long after that I began
a quest for the deeper side and understanding of art, going beyond what the
craftsman knows and beyond what I learned in college. Through this Iíve become
more conscious of and intrigued by the abstract, unequal balances, dynamic
composition, and contrasting values and colors.
If Iím painting or sculpting, I
prefer to work from nature, whether itís a model, still life, or landscape. I
feel it helps in capturing the individual personality of the subject. Because
of this, my work can vary in terms of mood and technique. With all I need to
know in front of me, I strive to produce an image of aesthetic expression as it
passes through the filter of creativity, allowing it to become something that
reflects the subject while making it my own.
The excitement and impressionistic expression I enjoy in
the field carries over to the studio. Being inspired by nature and what the
masters and some contemporaries have accomplished fuels my desire to paint and