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