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)

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show  Phil., PA  Best of Metal  2008, 2016

Des Moines Arts Festival,  Des Moines,  IA  Best of Metal  2008,  2009, 2016

Northern VA Fine Arts Festival,  Reston,  VA  2008, 2016-17, (18cancelled)

Ann Arbor Original  Ann Arbor, MI  2009, 2011, 2015-16

Old Town Art Fair  Chicago,  IL  2004-11, 15-18

Krasl Art Fair  St. Joseph, MI  2017

Coconut Grove Arts Festival  Coconut Grove,  FL  2007 & 2010, 2014-16

Art & Air  Webster Grove, IL  2013,2015

Armonk Outdoor Art Fair  Armonk, NY  2015-16

Washington Fine Craft Show  Washington DC  2013

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show  West Palm Beach,  FL  2013& 16

Charlotte Contemporary  Charlotte, NC  2015

Palm Beach Contemporary  West Palm Beach, Fl  2017

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 2013

Award of Merit 2004    Best of 3-D 2005  Best  of Show Jan. 2007,   Award of Distinction March 2013

American Craft Council Show Baltimore  2012,,2015   St. Paul 2013-15, Atlanta 2008, 2017-18

Riverfest Arts  Memphis,  TN  2012-17  Best of Sculpture 2015

Naples National  Naples, FL  2016              

Arlington Festival of the Arts  Arlington,  VA  2013

Bethesda Fine Arts  Bethesda,  MD  2013

Alexandria Festival of the Arts  Alexandria,  VA  2013

Artigras  Jupiter, FL  2013

Bethesda Arts  Bethesda, MD  2013

Riverwalk  Naperville,  IL  2013,2018

Westchester Fine Crafts  White Plains, NY  2012

Pinnacle 2012 National Exhibition  Florida A & M University  Third Place Award 2012

Peoria Art Fair  Peoria, IL  2012

Art Expo NY    NY,  New York  2011  SOLO Award

St. Louis Art Fair Clayton, MO 2011, 18              

Canton Museum of Art National  Canton,  OH  2010-2011

Plaza Art Fair  Kansas City,  MO  2005, 08, 2010

Dallas Jewish Arts Festival  Dallas,  TX  2011

Cherry Creek  Denver, CO  2005-6, 08

Main St. Fort Worth  Fort Worth,  Tx  2007-8

Uptown Art Fair  Minneapolis,  Mn  1995-98, 2005-9, 2011, 2018

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 & 08

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 , 2013, 2018  1st Place Award  3-DNF 1997

CWE Art Fair   St Louis, MO   Award Winner 1998

New Eastside Art Works   Chicago,  IL  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   Herrin, IL   Best of Fine Craft 1995  Merit Award 1994

Pink Palace  Memphis,  TN  1995   Best of Fine Wood                            

 

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

INVITATIONAL

Inspired by Architecture Group Show  Rendlake Marketplace,  Whittington, IL  2013

Ancient Echoes  Two Person Show  The Gallery Space  Murphysboro,  IL 2007

Center of Contemporary Art    “Clockworks”    St. Louis,  MO  1998  Group Exhibition

 del Mano Gallery   Pasadena,  CA  “It’s About Time” 1997 Group Exhibition

 L. Freud Gallery Birmingham,  AL “Time is Relative”  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

                              The Belleville News-Democrat Magazine  May 8, 2005

                               Nashville Banner   June 10, 1997

                               Tampa Bay Times  December 6, 1997

                               The World of Wood  “In Honor of the Tree”  August 1995

                               The Living Museum  IL State Museum  Vol 57  #3  Fall 1995

                               Chicago Tribune  Sunday  April  2, 1995