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                           Photograph by Peter Nash

Making art and music came naturally to me as a child, in time they helped to guide the course of my life's work.

I attended the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California (1966-69). Intensive studies included: drawing, painting, typography and photography, with a major in graphic design. My first job in the professional arts field began in 1977 as an in-house art director at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, California. I was responsible for creative direction and hands-on design of record album covers, multimedia product packaging and related print advertising.

In 1996, I made the change from twenty years of employment in the corporate world of the recording industry to becoming a fully dedicated craft artist, working primarily in wood.

All pieces are one-of-a-kind, most consist of lathe-turned wood vessels (in a variety of shapes and sizes), some with lids and/or complimentary support elements. Applied surface design techniques and materials include: freehand drawing, pyrography (woodburning), carving, engraving, along with added paint, pigments and ink. The process develops intuitively, each piece may be reworked several times until the desired overall appearance of balance, counter balance, rhythm and resolve is achieved.