By the age of seven I knew I would become an artist. And in a high school ceramics class I'd found my form... not ceramics specifically, but sculpture, and I knew that I wanted to create on a larger scale. Sculpture allowed me to work with both hands, to build and to experience that third dimension, and I knew I'd tapped into something.
After high school I walked into a welding shop and told the foreman that I would work for free if he'd teach me how to weld. He said yes and told me to show up the next morning in steel-toed boots and all-cotton clothing, as any trace of polyester would turn me into a match. After that summer apprenticeship I'd acquired the basics on how to weld and work with metal and I knew I had found my calling. I rented a warehouse space of my own and started my work.
I continue to show in galleries and make pieces for private collections while working with designers, art consultants and developers. My wife and I maintain a studio and home in Elgin, a small Texas town just outside of Austin.
I realize I am caught in a paradox.
I envision gentle, arcing curves that imply subtle movement, the dichotomy of hard geometric lines and soft burnished edges, yet my studio is alight with sparks and glowing molten steel. Constellations of tiny holes are burned into my shirts. Tool-steel and carbide beat and chew and cut lesser alloys into the shapes I desire. My tools are welders, grinders and very, very noisy saws... I love it. I am a metal sculptor.
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