This is "IT" for me. Art that is.
In June of 2001 I decided to put a long and invaluable time of my
life behind me so that I might allow myself the opportunity to explore
my new and true found passions of creating three dimensional artworks.Then
came September the 11th. What to do? I had just sold everything. I
put my home on the market in order to finance my new adventure and
retired from a secure position after 15 years of employment with the
same company. "IT" was that important to me. Art that is.
I have no regrets.
It was never any secret what I would do with my life. As a youth growing
up in northern California, I enrolled with the Art Instruction Schools
of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a correspondence art school that once tutored
and employed the late Charles Schultz, a hometown hero and "Peanuts"
creator. I received my basic art certificate at the age of 14. In
my high school years I exposed myself to the opportunities of the
Sonoma County Regional Occupational Program where I worked and learned
the art of Graphic Arts Communication. I received a special Certificate
of Achievement in Graphic Arts Technology. This was the foundation
where interest met inspiration. I continued my education with an Associate
in Arts Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College while majoring in Graphic
Arts. Following the artistic path,I began a career as a Lay Out Artist,
a Silk Screen Printer, a Dark Room Technician and later emerged as
the Art Director for three different Commercial Printing companies.
Wow, did I learn a lot! It was during these 20 years that I would
design and create children's board games, design textile prints for
catalog companies , and help bring the ideas of others through the
complete commercial production process.
This work is the result of my heart and passion.
It is inspired by my interest in antiques and history, a curious interest
in curios and vintage items of interest. The antique quality is achieved
through a port hole in my soul that longs for and desires a more simple
approach to life. A bye gone area of the forgotten awaits to be reawakened
by a throwback busy mind. It is a contemporaries view that mixes its
way into the assembled work that I create. Beyond the quaint and simple,
this blend of the old and the new
evolves and morphs into a sometimes surreal vision. A recognized item
out of place stirs a memory, a view back into the future is evoked,
reminiscently inspired by Jules Vern. I am often summoned from within
to bring such inspiration to life. Many works are interactive. There
is a "rise to the challenge" approach when I introduce a
kinetic quality to the work. Wether it is functional or just plan
whimsy, a revolving door or musical instrument, the art can involve
the mind and capture the eye of the viewer. This is fun to see. My
joy is in creating this work and delivering a new way to look at old
things. I hope that you will find joy as well in the artwork that
I have grown to love,the artwork that I have titled, "Vintage
Collectable Sculpture and Assemblage."
I have titled my work “Vintage Collectable Sculpture and Assemblage.”
I often utilize cast-off objects of our throw-away society that I
like to call “discarded items of interest.” I also use
antique collectibles, curios, and sometimes family heirlooms to create
a vintage essence within my work. It is my responsibility to rescue
these discarded items and give new life to them. I enjoy finding useful
and creative ways to breathe souls into these objects and bring kinetic
dreams to life. Whether I am creating a functional fountain from vintage
appliances or a commissioned work in memory of loved ones, I take
great care in restoration and treat each component with individual
respect. My approach is to create a natural look to the assembled
work by using creative methods. I do not weld. Each work of art I
create is complete with an autographed photo page including an artist’s
statement, poem, story, or inside information on the utilized components.
This is proof of authenticity and considered part of the work.Thank
you once again for this opportunity to share with you my "Vintage
Collectable Sculpture and Assemblage."