HOW I GOT HERE: Born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Minnesota late in 1995. Graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a BS in Art Education, August of 1990. Started off with a major in Industrial Designer because of all the model making and creative problem solving but eventually changed majors to Art Education. Worked closely with and was inspired by my sculpture instructor Scott Wallace. While at Stout, won “best of show” in the 1990 Student Spring Show.
DESCRIBING THE STYLE: My Steel Sculptures and Pen and Ink drawings reflect my love of fish and fish scales. Things will ultimately start to deteriorate and we have named it rustic.
HOW ITS PUT TOGETHER: The steel I use is normally painted ahead of time, then stressed by hammering it followed by a process of rusting, ultimately these steps take time to do. I will try to find worn objects that are already stressed if possible. I love the worn look that represents decay and age. It’s all about a bit of “hide and seek”. The screws are hidden or blended into the sculpture.
Married to Pam and have 7 children between us… Never a dull moment.
My Steel Sculptures and Pen and Ink drawings reflect my love of fish and fish scales.
The steel I use is normally painted ahead of time, then stressed by hammering it followed by a proses of rusting, ultimately these steps take time to do.
Drawing with pen and ink allows me to create strong areas of contrast. Most ink drawings are completed using black inks on white surfaces which leads to heavy contrast in value. Many artists choose to exploit this contrast.
Have something in mind? I accept commission pieces large or small.
Here are some of the pieces that I have for sale.
I'd love to hear about your next project! Send me a message and I will see if I can help.