Artist Statement

Woodturning as an art form is relatively new. Most turning before the 1960’s was focused on making utilitarian items such as bowls. My participation in the medium is also relatively new, about fifteen years. The vessels and boxes I make tend to straddle the divide between artistic and functional. Beautiful and usable are not mutually exclusive and I would like collectors to be able to move my pieces between art and function. I seek to improve with every piece and enjoy adding to my vocabulary – adding a color, a texture, a new shape or a new combination of woods. Wood is endlessly fascinating to me. The variety is incredible and when figure is added the combinations are as varied as nature itself. Adding your own artistic value to what the wood gives you can be somewhat intimidating, and in some pieces the wood is clearly the winner. My design sources are very diverse from traditional vessels to Native American and ancient forms. An Asian aesthetic is almost always at the forefront of my thinking.

Current Resume

2015- Hillsborough Gallery of Arts Resolutions 2015 Inaugural   juried show , Hillsborough , NC

2013- Fearrington Village Outdoor Art Show, Fearrington Village NC

2012-Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona, Small Works Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2012- Woodcraft Turning Competition- First Prize Mesa ,AZ
2012-Presidents challenge special mention - Arizona Wood Turners, Mesa, AZ
2011- Milwaukee Heart Ball juried auction vessel, Milwaukee, WI
2010- Cave Creek Film and Art Festival- juried finalist, Cave Creek , AZ
2009- Level 9 Gallery –Cave Creek AZ
2006- Art One- Scottsdale AZ.- one-man show, Scottsdale ,AZ