I was born in Phoenix, AZ and have spent most of my life living in or around Phoenix. I have been creating art in various forms for as long as I can remember. In 1998, when my wife and I bought our home I was asked by the man we bought the home from “Do you like working with wood or metal”. I told him wood and he told me you will learn to like metal. Somehow that conversation stuck with me and sure enough I started my interest in metal in 2000 when I worked at a foundry making bronze windbells and sculptures. My first copper piece was in September 2005. I have continued with copper as my focus and have incorporated brass, bronze, stainless steel and occasionally stones into some of my pieces.

EXHIBITIONS

April 2013 - November 2013 Muse Gallery, Phoenix, AZ November 2012 - June 2013 {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ December 2011 - December 2012 Bloom Studios, Gilbert, AZ October 2001 - May 2012 J Bella Loft, Tempe, AZ October 2009 - November 2011 Green Goddess Nursery, Phoenix, AZ August 2009 - September 2009 SunDust Gallery, Mesa, AZ March 2009 - Current Metallo Gallery, Madrid, NM October 2008 - January 2009 One Oh One Gallery, Mesa, AZ December 2007 Featured Artist, Group show, Wigwam Resort Litchfield Park, AZ October 2007 Art Renaissance Group fundraiser, Paradise Valley, AZ June – October 2007 Garland’s Lodge, Oak Creek Canyon, AZ May 2007 Featured artist, group show, Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, AZ April 2007 Featured artist, group show, Lumbre Gallery Phoenix, AZ December 2006 Art Renaissance Group fundraiser, Paradise Valley, AZ November 2006 One-person, private home, Paradise Valley, AZ

Honors & Awards

 March 2014

     Front cover and article published in 'The Anvil's Ring'    ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North

     America) magazine Spring 2014 issue

 May 2012

     Article published in 'Go Gilbert Magazine' June 2012 issue

    October 2010

     Article published in 'Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine'   October 2010 Outdoor Living issue

    March 2009

     Featured Artist in ‘Pathways to the Arts’ book by Uta Monique Behrens, published March 2009

    October 2007
    Honored as emerging artist by the Art Renaissance
    Initiative.  Introduced at their fundraiser by former employer and
    renowned artist and architect Paolo Soleri.

Commissions

    August 2014

   Copper rose wall piece

    January 2014

   Table top copper rose

    December 2013

   Copper nuggets for gallery display (64 pieces)

   October 2013

   Forged long-stem copper roses (10 pieces)

    August 2013

   Forged copper roses for grave site at The George Washington Memorial Park in

    Pennsylvania (6 pieces)

   April 2009
    Tulip landscape lights (3)

    June 2008
    Custom post caps for balcony railing (18 pieces)

    May 2007
    Prototype of a new bell design for Paolo Soleri

    

Career Related Experience

    April 2013

    Taught a class on heat patinas at Adams Forge in Los Angeles, CA 

    2000 – 2006
    Cosanti Originals, Artisan under Paolo Soleri making metal windbells and sculptures

 

 Collections

    Mr. & Mrs. Garcia, Scottsdale, AZ

    Mrs. Wolff, Ft. Meyers, Fl

    Mrs. Albright, Rochester, IN

    Mr. Laughead and Ms. Korte , Paradise Valley, AZ

    Mr. Corritore, Paradise Valley, AZ

    Mr. & Mrs. Ross, Paradise Valley, AZ
    Mr. & Mrs. Schlang, Phoenix, AZ

    ms. Farrington, Gilbert, az

 

Education

   March 2015

   plastika process in steel workshop at grizzly iron, inc.

 

   September 2010

   chasing and repousse workshop at grizzly iron, inc.

  

   April 2009
   Raising copper workshop by Rodger "Grizz" LaBrash

 

    October 2004
    Patina workshop by Ron Young – non-ferrous metal

 

    March 2004
    Patina workshop by Ron Young – ferrous metal

    
Philanthropy

    october 2014

    donation of 4 copper cross' to The Brian Terry

    foundation fundraiser

 

    march 2014

    donation from sale to doves foundation

 

    october 2013

    donation of sculpture to event raising money for

    'seeds for autism'

 

    December 2006
    Donation of sculpture for Art Auction fundraiser

 

Membership & Affiliations

    Arizona Artists Blacksmith Assoc.
   

   artist-blacksmith association of north america

 

    Art Renaissance Group