Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, my earliest
artistic expression was doing pin striping on cars. After high school
and a hitch in the Navy, I married and we moved to Denver, Colorado
where I served an
apprenticeship to become a journeyman pipe fitter.
Eventually, needing a creative release, I enrolled in a
weekend adult painting class, and was hooked on art!
Although my job was secure, it was very laborious,
sometimes dangerous, and a dead-end. So, in 1970
my family and I moved to Fort Collins where I
enrolled at C.S.U. as an art student. There, exposure
to three-dimensional art quickly eroded my interest in painting.
I studied both Sculpture and Metalsmithing/Jewelry Design, receiving
a Fine Arts Degree in 1974. For the next several years, I produced
custom fabricated gold and silver jewelry, which received several
ribbon awards in local and regional exhibits. My sculptural tendencies
were strong, however, and gradually my work grew in scale, becoming
more architectural. While at C.S.U., I had taken a series of woodworking
classes. Using that and my jewelry making techniques, I hammered,
welded, and fused metalwork into doors, windows, and wall hangings.
For a while, I specialized in designing custom entry doors for homes
and businesses, some with inlaid metalwork, some with leaded stained
glass, and various combinations using welded steel, copper and brass.
Along the way, I incorporated carving into my work and expanded
the scope to include custom furniture and cabinetry. This woodworking
endeavor continued for 20-odd years, eventually becoming more production
oriented than artistic. The desire for creative release was again
unfulfilled. Then in l987, I discovered bronze sculpture. Wanting
to learn all I could about the process, I began working in a nearby
art foundry and assisting noted wildlife sculptor, Dan Ostermiller.
That experience, and exposure to the work of innumerable other artists,
helped to formulate my own approach to bronze sculpting.