I'm a native of Washington State, born in Tacoma in 1931 and raised in the Puget Sound region. I attended schools in Tacoma and Bremerton receiving an AA degree in Commercial Art at Olympic College on the GI Bill after four years in the US Navy. I worked for Pacific NW Bell for 28 years, taking early retirement when the Bell System was broken up in 1983. I've been making art ever since.
My wife Inez and I raised a son and daughter in Silverdale where we restored a farmhouse built in 1906, on five acres. I built my first studio there in 1962. We lived there until 1992. We now have our home and my studio near Seabeck, Washington on twenty wooded acres.
I've been doing sculpture since 1956 in all media and am largely self-taught in welding, wood and stone carving and figure modeling. Since taking ceramics classes at Olympic College in the mid-eighties I've been working in clay as well, doing Raku fired ware and since building my Anagama wood-fired kiln, making high fired stoneware and porcelain pottery and sculpture. The natural ash glaze and fire finishing effects achieved in the Anagama gave inspired me and raised the quality of my work to a new level.
Sculpture has always been my first love with drawing a close second and clay almost taking over lately.
I have shown my work in the region since the late fifties and am represented in many private and public collections. I was commissioned to so the first sculpture purchased by the Washington State Arts Commission Percent for Art in Public Buildings Program in 1975. The Sculpture was a steel Viking longship for the Poulsbo Elementary School in Poulsbo, Washington.
I'm a founding member of the co-op gallery Collective Visions in downtown Bremerton and am showing in other local galleries. I am showing some work at the ArtForte in Kirkland, Washington. I maintain a collection of my work in the showroom at my studio and welcome visitors by appointment.
Commissions for portrait busts or full figures, sculpture (indoor or outdoor) fountains and ceramic murals are welcome.
Terms can be arranged with one third down and two equal payments made as work progresses being the standard schedule.
I work in any scale and most materials.
Working with nature, exploring and exploiting natural forms (including the human form) nd materials has been at the heart of my work. Sculpture and pottery have been my focus and I see no end to the opportunities in either discipline. My wood fired Anagama kiln has been producing some most rewarding results. The fire can work miracles on stoneware and porcelain.