I’ve been a carpenter, remodeler and wood worker since high school, so I’ve been making things for 40+ years. I made a few art pieces in the early 1970s (including some crude mobiles!) when I shared an apartment building with (and was inspired by) a couple of friends who have been full-time artists ever since. One piece survives that era: In The Beginning, a small, crude “linear” sculpture you can see in the metal art section.
In 2005 I finally had the time, money and available work space to get back into making standalone art pieces. I took a welding class and started making mobiles a la Alexander Calder, (that's him holding the mobile parts) which I did for the first five years. Then I worked in other mediums: lost wax casting, crop circle reproductions, yard art, mechanical gizmos, and some feeble attempts at Chuck Close portrait painting.
In late 2014 I turned to wood laminate art, something I’d always wanted to do. It’s a culmination of all the work I’ve done so far, because it requires bending and welding steel to make the forms, as well as various wood working skills and tools to cut, bend, glue and sand the wood. Lots of sanding!
You can see that I put a lot of time into these, creating over 20 objects, until I downsized my life in 2019 and moved to a place where I can’t make them anymore. A lot of that work is immortalized in a series of videos on my YouTube channel called "The Garage Artist." I did some narrated step-by-step videos explaining how to make wood art.
When that phase was done, I went back to painting, which I’ve been doing now since early 2020. Not sure where this medium is going, but it’s definitely going slow! For some reason I've chosen to do intricate geometric themes that take a long time. You can see them on the Painting page.
Like most artists, I get ideas from everywhere: galleries, nature, common objects, and of course, other artists. Many times I’ve seen something in a gallery and said to myself, “I can make that.” Then I spent whatever time and money it took to produce something new.
Calder made 3,300 art pieces in his life, and most of his big monumental stuff came when he was in his 60s and 70s. There’s still hope!