I am a craftsmen and artist who finds inspiration in nature and uses reclaimed materials to create rustic pieces in a variety of forms.
An artist and tinkerer for all of my life, my descent into reclaimed materials began in 1996 in Tucson, Arizona. Between the ceiling rafters of an old house, I discovered neatly folded newspapers from 1916. Inspired to preserve this glimpse into history (articles about World War I, and Pancho Villa at the border...), and unable to afford professional framing, I took matters into my own hands. Experimenting with old windows and lathe boards torn from the walls of the same house, I made rudimentary frames to display the newspapers.
Over the past 20 plus years, across multiple states, I have continued to make pieces (art and otherwise) from materials salvaged, found, and gifted, from old and abandoned houses, junk yards, neighbors garages, as well as forests and deserts. Every so often, the focus of my work has changed in dramatic and sometimes unexpected ways. Prior to 2015, much of my work revolved around using reclaimed materials to produce frames and bird houses. Over the last few years, I have found increasing inspiration in the natural world.
Over the past eight years or so, when not making art, I can be found bothering my neighbors and helping to create outdoor educational spaces for a local elementary school.