I'm a transplant from the Texas panhandle where there is barely a tree to be found. Despite the shortage of furniture-grade lumber, shop class was still a common offering in Junior High in the early '80s and that is where I was first exposed to the craft. Other aspects of my creative side won out and I studied painting and sculpture in High School and then ultimately Graphic Design at West Texas State University where I received a BFA in 1993.
Fast forward to 1998. I decided to trade the wind, tumbleweeds and flat plains for an abundance of trees, lakes, and four distinct seasons. I relocated to Minnesota and became involved in Information Technology. Not surprisingly, my creative side suffered due to the rigors of a typical IT career. But, out of necessity, I found my way back to woodworking in 2007. I needed an outlet that was creative, tactile, and didn't involve a keyboard but did require problem solving skills. Woodworking met my need and I never looked back.
I still work in Information Technology but my passion is woodworking and the fulfilling sense of accomplishment it brings me. Ten years into the endeavor, I continue to explore new techniques and styles all the while attempting to create work that has aesthetic appeal, and is purposely functional. Hand-crafted furniture and other household objects can truly make one's abode a place in which to rejuvenate and comfortably spend their waking hours. I also believe in the significance of heirlooms.
I take inspiration from many different things including architecture, black & white photography, sculpture, pen & ink drawings, historically relevant (and not so relevant) furniture, contrarian artists/makers, metalsmiths, and anyone who has grown up on a farm. Farmers are ingenious problem solvers. More specifically, I'm inspired by the furniture of Jere Osgood, the sculpture of Alberto Giacometti, the visually rich movies by Guillermo Del Toro, and the monolithic statues of Easter Island to name just a few. I'm very drawn to visual subject matter with an abundance of texture or curved elements. These other artforms give me wonderful and unexpected ideas as well as sustain me throughout the creative process.