Q) Were you always creative and what was your earliest creation?
As a grade-schooler, I really loved art classes and remember that my art would get picked for the hallway hangings. My earliest memory was a drawing of two squirrels sitting on a log with a heart between them; my teacher was very complimentary. I lived an idealized childhood in a small western town.
Q) At what point did you say, “I’m an artist?”
When I lived in Arkansas I owned and operated two separate stained glass custom design studios and construction/teaching businesses. Customers regularly asked me for advice because I was “the artist.” I assumed anyone taking up an artistic endeavor would be an artist in their own right, but in reality, those professional relationships were the precipice of understanding my identity – not just as a business owner, but as an artist as well. After moving to Bowling Green in 2001 I completed my visual arts degree at WKU, which cemented the title “Artist.”
Q) What is your specialty?
Professionally, my expertise is designing and creating fused glass objects d’art. I’m lucky to have a spouse who is a fine woodworker and can build the frames I design for each piece. I also continue to create custom stained glass for homeowners, and I enjoy oil painting.
Q) What is your favorite piece (of your own) and why?
Favorite pieces of my art are the ones that make buyers happy and that sell at fair market prices. I especially like to know who buys my art and why. But today, my favorite piece of art is “Compressed” because it won Best of Show and First Place in Ceramics and Glass in the 2019 USbank Celebration of the Arts at the Kentucky Museum.
Q) Do you have your own studio space? Home or elsewhere? Is it open to public?
My studio is an apartment-type setting above my country garage where I have one room set up for glass work, and the other for painting. My studio is open to the public by appointment.
Q) Do you exhibit your work? If so, where?
Currently my work can be seen at the Ellis/Walker Gallery, 1545 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY.Q) What inspires you, in general?My inspiration for my glass work comes from the night skies, our galaxy, astronomy and good design for my glass work. The light and shadow of people’s faces inspire my oil paintings.
Q) If you could be an artist anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
In the West, where my roots began and where my heart longs to be. I adore western art, the landscape, the mountains, the people, the color and beauty. I’m always inspired by the light of the atmosphere when I return home to Wyoming.
Q) What is your dream for the future?
I plan to create solid pieces of art, travel home and abroad, and continue to educate myself on style and design through visual opportunities in all realms of artistic creativeness.
Q) Who is your favorite artist?
All of the famous and not-so-famous artists of the past have a wealth of work to study, steal, and learn from, while contemporary artists are exhibiting such amazing talent in creatively genius ways, that I couldn’t pick just one.
Q) What piece are you currently working on?
I am readying a piece for the ArtWorks show this summer. The piece is an oil painting I’ve just about finished and has the influence of Alfred Henry Maurer (1868-1932) a realism painter who turned to cubism and fauvism, who strived toward pure colors, and painted women with long necks.
Q) You won the Best of Show award at the 2019 USbank Celebration of the Arts. Can you talk us through that piece of art and what inspired you to make it?
For several years I have been creating art pieces working with fusible glass, silver and other metals, designing with the atmosphere of life in the skies. Round heavenly bodies of mass and gas with fractures of pieces nearby inspired me to design a well thought-out, visually intriguing, and conversationally stimulating art piece for the discerning art collector. And, trial and error.
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