was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and raised
north of Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from
Northern Illinois University with a BFA, majoring
in Painting and Drawing. During my undergraduate
studies, I took elective classes in sculpture,
studying with Bruce White, who became an excellent
mentor. I recall the moment when I resolved my
first sculpture project, that the world changed,
and sculpture would become my true artistic pursuit.
completed a MA at Northern Illinois, where
my sculptural interests turned to installation
building. I continued to pursue installation-making
at the University of New Mexico, graduating
with a MFA in 1990. My wife, Melanie, and
I married in 1992.
first work surrounding a ship form was in
1993, in a gallery installation. In 1995,
I began a concentrated exploration of ships
as an artistic concept and metaphor through
installations, sculptures, drawings and paintings.
Bear in mind, I was doing this work in the
high desert mountains of western New Mexico,
about 7000 feet above sea-level. This allowed
me to pursue conceptual ideas detaching the
ship form from literal associations and locations.
settled in Denver, Colorado late in 1995.
There I found opportunities through art centers,
artist-run galleries, college and university
galleries and museums to construct ship installations
out of recycled construction and household
materials. Paralleling the installation work
was a steady stream of mixed-media sculptures
and drawings. In 1999, my daughter Sophia
2002, we moved to New Hampshire where I accepted
a teaching position as Sculpture Professor
at Keene State College. Sculpture-making
and drawing became the main focus of my work,
though I took advantage of several installation
building opportunities. There I perfected
my found object obsessed sculptures.
2006, we settled in Savannah, Georgia where
I am a Professor of Foundation Studies at
the Savannah College of Art and Design. I’m
building installations, making sculptures and drawings, and having
a great time.