After thirty years as a firefighter I retired and found myself casting about for something real to do. Always drawn to contemporary art, I began to experiment with familiar materials – wood, metal and paint, to make studio furniture, sculpture and paintings. Being largely self-taught allows a certain freedom to explore the use of materials, but makes it difficult to describe what I am doing in “artspeak”.
My work is nonobjective - a combination of shapes, marks, colors, textures, often sanding back to expose under painting and happy accidents. As a painter, I seldom know where a piece in progress is going, but I generally know when I’ve gotten there. As a sculptor, the work feels more familiar and straightforward. I’m obsessed with both mediums and find myself in the studio faithfully almost daily. Thriving on this work, I hope to be doing it for a long time to come.
Hammer #5, sculpture: found object, poplar, acrylic
CT #1, acrylic on board
Pick #2, sculpture: found object, poplar, acrylic