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About the Artist
My art communicates a strong emphasis on design, derived from my past profession as a product development design engineer. My background guides the principle that I never repeat my designs - they are each one of a kind. Each piece is meticulously planned out in advance, allowing me to formulate solutions with great confidence and with impeccable accuracy. My greatest reward is a sophisticated admirer's wonderment as to how my works of art are constructed. My sculptures are constructed principally from cherry and black walnut hardwoods; utilizing conventional woodworking tools, a strong reliance on self-developed techniques used for seamless joining, and a great deal of belt, drum, and hand sanding. Functionally, the two species exhibit comparable workability conducive to reliable assembly. Aesthetically, the two species complement each other, allowing me to paint with light and dark tones. While continually building on mastered achievements, each new creation demands that I challenge myself by introducing processes, techniques, and shapes that have yet to be experienced. This compulsion to constantly test my capabilities is what drives and inspires me to grow as an artist. The resulting collection of projects is truly unique in form yet maintains a clean sophistication true to my reputation as a respected designer. My most recent piece, named Twisted, exemplifies how I challenge myself with ever more demanding designs. Twisted is a segmented vessel made up of 872 pieces assembled into rings, which are sanded to a ¼ inch wall thickness and assembled with exacting tappers and angular offsets to produce its highly precise shape. What I am most proud of, which sometimes goes unnoticed, is the segmented brickwork is uninterrupted from one end of the piece to the other. This self-imposed requirement significantly complicated and lengthened the assembly process. Relative to the design of the base, as with all my designs, great attention was paid to eliminating stress through proper grain orientation to ensure reliability as well as providing an elegant yet stable foundation.