I began woodworking at the age of 7. Either in wood shop at school or my dad's fully stocked garage, my early years were spent grappling with a living material that I didn't quite yet understand. Shaping it came to me easily, but I had yet to understand that a well designed and made piece of furniture is as much alive as a tree is before it is harvested. To me, furniture becomes art when a great design is beautifully made.
My professional woodworking career began at the age of 18. Starting with carpentry, my path evolved into the world of studio furniture design and making. I feel lucky to be working in this grey area of art and furniture. Sometime during the industrial revolution, functional art was misplaced, and has ever since been traveling down a bumpy road to recognition in the world of art.
Much of my inspiration comes from the world around me, the world within me, and the interplay between the two. A piece of my furniture starts with an idea, and moves onto paper. Countless sketches are done before I find the one I am happy with. More detailed sketches ensue. I may or may not use a full scale drawing to build a piece. Woods are studied and selected, making sure the grain of the wood goes with each design. Using traditional joinery, my pieces are far from traditional in style.
I shared space in the Fort Point Channel Cooperative in Boston, MA, before moving to Bishop, CA. My current shop is 1,800 square feet, located in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the most inspirational place I have ever lived in the world.
- acc fort mason ctr., sf, august 2016-present
- gallery m half moon bay, ca 2006, 2010-2017
- dovetail collection healdsburg, ca 2011-2012
- trios gallery san diego, ca 2005-2006, 2010-2011
- mountain light gallery bishop, ca 2011-2017
- pegasus gallery bishop, ca 2005
- design in wood san diego, ca 2005 *design award for bench
- american art festival sacramento, ca 2005, 2011 - 2015
- mammoth art show mammoth lakes, ca 2005
BS University of Massachusetts, 1994