For as long as I can remember I have been interested in art and design. It probably grew out of my discovery at a very early age that I had the ability to draw credible likenesses of objects. I constantly drew, sketched, doodled, and created three dimensional constructions from cardboard and corrugated paper. Inasmuch as this was my major interest and talent, art more or less became my identity.
I think it is also fortunate that I grew up in Wisconsin, not far from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. Discovering his architecture at about age eight, I was awakened to the realization that really exceptional design can be magically good, possessing a quality that can’t be simply reduced to a set of rules or perhaps even defined by words. Why do a few designs “sing” while most barely hum along? I think that question has defined my aesthetic journey.
Although I received formal art training at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, most of my artistic education has been self-directed, focusing on the work and experiences of the artists, architects, and industrial designers whose work I most admired. I think I was born with a compulsion to create, to design and redesign everything in my world. Much of my professional life has been spent in teaching and product design, and I think my art is the logical outcome of my life experiences.
I make art to satisfy my own creative impulse and for the visual and tactile enjoyment of others.
Exhibitions and Awards:
Professional Artist Affiliations:
Oceanside Museum of
Art Artist Alliance
§ Technical Writing and Technical Illustration
§ Product Design (including model-making and prototyping)
§ Project Management from concept to production
§ Product Photography and Advertising Layout Design
§ Project Coordinator and Design Consultant for new manufacturing plant (1992)
§ Graphic Design including company logo and corporate identity icons, product badges, and labels
Travel: England, Germany, Canada, Taiwan
Industrial Education Instructor
§ Drafting and Design
§ Metal Fabrication and Welding