I have had a passion for wood for as long as I can remember. Playing the cello at an early age, I loved the sound it gave. The grain, texture and colors found in different woods amaze me and inspire my imagination. The respect I have for the power, beauty and contribution trees make to our planet, drive my commitment to bringing the importance and beauty of wood alive in an artistic way.
Several themes influence my artwork. I am inspired by the designs of great cultures of the past; Egyptian, Pueblo, Inca and oriental, and by the diversity of the human race which produced these cultures. I support conservation and the preservation of all nature’s flora and fauna. I believe in recycling materials to create pieces of art that will last lifetimes. Thus, I create artistic keepsakes from people’s trees that have been downed by hurricanes, tornadoes, wind or termite damage. I also use segmentation and coring techniques to conserve valuable hardwoods while creating designs that emphasize the diversity of colors in nature. I recycle construction timbers and “found” wood from both urban and rural sites that would otherwise be thrown away. The incredibly varied shapes from nature intrigue me. Mathematical curves offer infinite variety of forms. My art unifies these themes and offers timeless beauty.
Each piece is unique, a statement of my commitment to simplicity of design, good craftsmanship and respect for this extraordinary material. I hope that my work will be collected and appreciated as a reminder of the importance of art, and the trees from which it comes.