I am a woodwork artist. I have been making my living as a cabinetmaker since 1980. And I have been doing art in various forms my whole life.
I had spine surgery in 2005 and use of my right hand was compromised. In the fall of 2007 I enrolled in a painting class at the ArtCenter. My right hand was still not working well, and painting helped me find control through using my right brain. Being a lover of all things wood, I began to see ways to “draw” with wood and use all the beautiful small wood scraps that I collected. The last 12 years I have gradually slowed down the amount of cabinetmaking I am doing and switched into artistic creations and "wood drawing".
I moved into FatCat Art Studio in the 2011 where I shared Hangar space with Janice Rieves, an artist of mosaic glass, metal, and paper. In March 2015 I joined the Chatham Artists Guild and began focusing more on Art. Needing a more climate controlled space, In the winter of 2021, I decided to build a shop at my home. I moved my work there in the summer of 2022. I love the combination of cabinet work and artistic creations. They both use different skills and tools.
Most days I'm just a "mad scientist" in a wood shop, seeing what new ideas I can bring into form.
In 2021 I decided it was time to move my shop to my house. My friend Ed Griffin had a great shop with metal trusses, so I asked him to build me one too. I moved my shop from Fat Cat Art (The Hangar) in June 2022. I miss my work pals but also love the convenience of working at home. I will be doing shows here from time to time with my talented neighbors and Chatham Studio Tour here in December. SO watch my events page!