There is an inescapable playful and intuitive nature present in my work. My work is constructed from reclaimed wood and reflect my self-described style of “modern folk”. I am interested in the idea of relics – the honoring of fragments that hold deeper meaning. There is a majestic humility inherent in the discarded scraps of wood I use in my work that deeply inspires me. They are cast-offs; the oddballs, the worn out. I collect these bits and pieces and arrange them until they begin to develop a life of their own in some new unified form – it is a very organic process.
It was my childhood dream to be an architect and as such I am still heavily influenced by architecture, particularly the Gothic style and its great cathedrals with their narrow towers striving to reach the heavens. I am also in awe of the incredible totems of the Native Northwest tribes. Telling a story or leaving a legacy through the construction of monuments is a concept that deeply resonates with me.
The theme of mortality is ever-present in my work. Following a severe motorcycle crash, I began painting again after many years of neglecting my own art and working as a graphic designer in the publishing industry. While recovering for over a year, it became very clear to me that I needed to follow my passion, which was (and has really always been) making art. When I am making art, I am free of this physical world and its pains. I can escape into a world of my own creation.
Growing up in rural Kansas, I was always very aware of the power of nature. Thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes beat the well-worn wooden farm buildings back into the ground. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…
A family trip to Seattle when I was 8 years old changed my life. I saw the city and its fantastic tall buildings for the first time and went up in a tower that looked as if it must have been built by aliens called the Space Needle. This was the only trip we ever took as a family, but it left a profound impression.