Contemporary Wood Sculpture, Turning and Wall Art
The genesis of my work began when I was seven or eight years old. I started to doodle – flowing lines, interconnected C-curves and S-curves. These lines were not taught to me. They came naturally. They resided in my soul. I created my first wood piece in 1968. While I incorporated those flowing lines in early work, it wasn’t until the 1990′s that they became refined in my wall sculptures, such as Confluence, and then in my sculptures-in-the-round.
Available Works in Wood
My art remained an after-hours endeavor until 1994 when I finally left corporate life (a career in industrial safety engineering) and took up my art full-time. I realized this was what I was meant to do.
By late 1990, I began to feel self-conscious about basing an entire art career on something as mundane as a doodle — until I ran across someone else’s doodle. My favorite architect, Frank Gehry, materializes his concept doodles into splendid, breathtaking, ground breaking work, like the captivating Guggenheim in Bilbao. That was all the validation I needed!
Collected Works in Wood
In 2006, I was represented by Collectors of Wood Art, del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles and Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe at SOFA Chicago 2006 (Sculpture Object Functional Art). It was the first year (over the next seven years) in my honored representations at SOFA Chicago, New York and Santa Fe.
Wood had held my attention and challenged me as my art medium for forty years. To my professional satisfaction, it had become collected and recognized, including in 2011 when four of my works were selected for the book Wood Art Today II – and one, Down Force, was featured on the cover.
Yet, inside I felt something astir. Nothing I could describe or explain, it just nudged me from time to time. I had no idea who was approaching me and how my life and career was about to change when a man named Ted introduced himself during SOFA Chicago 2009. For the rest of that story, I refer you to my Glass Art.