Ever since I was very young I had a fascination with science, taking things apart and collecting junk. The process of discovering how things work has lead to a pretty good ability to fix most devices, but more interestingly has lead to the repurposing or utilizing of found objects towards another less practical end. I was very good at making “art”, or should I say making realistic-looking-art, but quickly realized that simply creating a realistic likeness of something to be rather disinteresting to me, leading me towards to creation of more conceptually based work. The strength of the idea became more important to me than its appearance. The collections of junk began to have its own life, its own direction and content.
Though I do thoroughly enjoy creating cast metal pieces using traditional foundry processes, they inherently needed to be incorporated into some other system, situation, or context in order to pull them away from the preciousness and history of the “traditional bronze” aesthetic. I enjoy incorporating found objects into to contextual situations I create also to de-emphasize the focus on the “artist’s hand” or importance simply upon traditional technique. This does not imply that I like to make sloppy work, but that the aesthetic handling of a material or process is often less important than the piece’s conceptual idea. I like to go beyond the static solitary sculpture. Incorporating more time-based elements through kinetic art, performance, video, sound, and installation art allows me more expressiveness and flexibility with the outcome of the artworks content.
I have been creating since childhood, but formally decided to pursue sculpture at The Pennsylvania State University until 1996, where I also continued to get my teaching degree in order to supplement my income and share my experience of and passion for art. In 1997, after studying briefly at the Deep Creek School (a small ASU affiliated summer program in Telluride, CO), I moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I joined forces with several other artists to help start the Metropolitan Arts Institute, a small multidisciplinary charter arts high school. After continuing to exhibit and teach in the Phoenix area, I decided to return to academia to complete my MFA in Sculpture at the Arizona State University. I continued to teach at the college level both at ASU and at the Phoenix Community College until 2012, when I landed in wonderful Loveland, Colorado.