Nature and the dynamic flow of life effects my philosophy thus giving my work a zen quality. Art, like life should be kept as minimal and natural as possible.

I am a self-taught artist and experimented with many media, however none touched my soul until I started working with metals. I primarily use non-ferrous metals (copper and brass) because of their unique oxidation qualities. Even though I approach each piece as a three dimensional painting of sorts I don’t use paint, dyes or stains. Instead, all color and texture are acquired by oxidizing the metal. With the aid of the different corrosive chemicals applied to the surface of these raw metals, I am able to produce very lush textures and impressive colors. After the initial layer of patina, I begin selectively removing areas of color and applying additional layers of chemicals. This process produces depth and complexity and aids additional growth of the final surface.

I create one-of-a-kind contemporary patinated metal relief sculpture for the wall suitable for both the corporate environment and the private home. The I Ching states “if something is to grow it must change”. Thinking of my art as “living work”, I allow it to develop and look to see what happens next, therefore I regard it as art for today as well as the future. My work should live for hundreds if not thousands of years in the proper conditions. My intention is that it will enhance the spiritual essence of the viewer’s life by creating an atmosphere of tranquility.

JURIED EXHIBITIONS (partial list)

Ann Arbor Street Original Art Fair Ann Arbor, MI 2009 & 2011, 2015-16

Charlotte Contemporary  Charlotte, NC  2015

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show  West Palm Beach,  FL  2013, 2016,2017 
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2008, 2016 Best of Metalworks 2008
Buffalo Grove Invitational  Buffalo Grove,  IL  2013  Outstanding Achievement Award  and
        Purchase Award for City of Buffalo Grove Permanent Collection
Bonita Springs Art Fair  Bonita Springs,  FL  2004-8, 2011-13  Second Place  in Sculpture 13  Award of Merit 2004    Best of 3-D 2005
       Best  of Show Jan. 2007,   Award of Distinction March 2013
American Craft Council Show  St. Paul  MN 2013,2015–Baltimore MD  2012,2015–Atlanta, GA 2008, 2017– St. Paul, Baltimore, Atlanta, Tampa, Charlotte 1997
Pinnacle National Juried Art Competition, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at Florida A&M University, Third Place Award 2012
Art Expo, New York, NY 2011, Solo Award
St Louis Art Fair  Clayton, MO  2011
Canton Museum of Art National Canton, OH 2010-11
Artisphere Greenville, SC 2010
Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA Best of Metalworks 2008, 2009, 2016
Northern VA Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA 2008, 2016, 2017
Cherry Creek Denver, CO 2005-6 & 8
Coconut Grove Arts Festival Coconut Grove, FL 2007 & 2010, 2015-16
Old Town Art Fair Chicago, IL 2004, 2012-17
Main St. Fort Worth Fort Worth, Tx 2007-8
Plaza Art Fair Kansas City, MO 2005, 08, 10
Cottonwood Art Festival Richardson, TX 2010
Uptown Art Fair Minneapolis, Mn 1995-98, 2005-9

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair Winter Park, FL 2005, 2007
Brookside Art Annual Kansas City, MO 2006
Boca Raton Museum Show Boca Raton, FL 2005-6
Summerfair Cincinnati, OH 1996, 2005-08 & 2011; Third Place in Metal/Sculpture 2005 & 2008
Ann Arbor Spring National Ann Arbor, MI 2004
Art at Laumeier St Louis, MO 2004.06
Art on the Square Belleville, IL 2004-05,07 Best of Sculpture 2005
Boston Mills Art Fair Peninsula, OH 1998, 2004, 2007 & 2011
Port Clinton Art Fair Highland Park, IL 1996-98, 2004-07 1st Place Award 3-DNF 1997
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Carefree, AZ 2004-05
Arts, Beats & Eats Pontiac, MI 1998
CWE Art Fair St Louis, MO Award Winner 1998
An American Artisan Nashville, TN 1997 & 1998
Oakbrook Invitational Exhibition IL 1995-96-97-98
New Eastside Art Works Chicago, IL 1997
Art on the Square Madison, WI 1998
Shaw Art Fair St. Louis, MO 1996 & 1997
St James Court Art Fair Louisville, KY 1996
TACA Nashville, TN 1996
Art & Apples Rochester, MI 1996 & 1997
Philadelphia Furniture Show PA 1996
Under the Oaks Vero Beach, FL 1995 & 96 Judges Selection 1995
Affaire in the Gardens Beverly Hills, CA Spring & Fall 1995 2nd Place Award
Lakefront Festival of the Arts Milaukee Art Museum, WI 1995
Artists of Southern Illinois Best of Fine Craft 1995 Merit Award 1994
Pink Palace Fair Memphis, TN 1995 Best of Fine Wood
Gaithersburg Spring and Fall Festivals MD 1995
Crafts at Morristown NJ 1995
Crafts at Lyndhurst Tarrytown, NY 1995

INVITATIONAL

Ancient Echoes Two Person Show The Gallery Space Murphysboro, IL 2007
Center of Contemporary Art St. Louis, MO 1998 Group Exhibition
del Mano Gallery Pasadena, CA 1997 Group Exhibition
L. Freud Gallery Birmingham, AL 1997
Showcase Artists Illinois Artisans Shop Chicago, IL 1995
“One- of- a -Kind” Artworks Gallery Peoria, IL 1994
“Flights of Fancy” Ozarks Craft Guild Rend Lake Gallery 1994

PUBLICATIONS

Southern Illinoisan October 2007
Nashville Banner June 10, 1997
The Living Museum IL State Museum Vol 57 #3 Fall 1995
Chicago Tribune Sunday April 2, 1995

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Big Rapids Products, Big Rapids, MI
General Tire Corporation Technology Center Mt. Vernon, IL
Bon-Ell Manufacturing Chicago, IL
Jost Chemical St. Louis, MO
Chevy’s Fresh Mex Corporate St. Louis, MO
Willow Partners Consulting, LLC Chicago, IL
Periodontics, LTD St. Louis, MO
IMA Financial Witchita, KS
Bollman, Lesser & McGlynn Attorneys Lake Forest, IL
Price Waterhouse Coopers Fort Worth, TX
Tiger Oak Publications Minn., MN
The DEA Denver, CO
St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Ann Arbor, MI