About Me

Growing up in northern Ohio in the 70’s, before the age of rampant development, I was fortunate to live in a place where I was close to nature, first on the edge of acres of woods, and later, close to a national park.  It’s probably why nature features so prominently in my artwork.  In the 80’s I attended Kent State University, majoring in painting and printmaking, but art took a back seat to marriage and children in the 90’s.

In 1997 I pulled out my pastels and started working again, mostly because they did not have the chemical impact that oil paints had, and discovered that they were not just for preliminary sketches.  While at KSU I had the good fortune to take a class with a professor by the name of Joseph Culley who encouraged us to experiment with different mediums.  From these experiments came my earliest pastels.  Some of my work is featured here in the gallery, and here for sale in my store.  He also taught an awesome materials and techniques class, where we made our own encaustic paints, gessoes, paper and books.  Making art (literally) from scratch intrigued me, there is something comforting in using processes that have been around as long as art has.

Photography, which initially was a way for me to capture the short lived beauty of my stilllifes became another passion of mine, and my photographs are featured in a gallery here and should you wish to purchase a print, here in my store

So how about the glass?  While in college, usually late at night, I used to haunt the glass blowing shop, run by the esteemed Henry Hallem.  Since I was not a sculpture major, I was never able to get into the glassblowing class, but I was fascinated by the process and spent every free minute I had there watching the students work.  In those days I contented myself with watching, and later, with collecting antique and contemporary glass.  Then I had an opportunity to take a lampworking class at a local studio and I was hooked.

After countless hours into the night, and many failed (and many successful) experiments, I have found a medium that offers a depth that two dimensional mediums never could.  I use Moretti , CIM, Lauscha and Vetrofond glass, all carefully annealed in a Paragon Bluebird XL kiln.  Lampwork has been around for thousands of years, and we still use the same basic processes that the earliest lampworkers started off with three thousand years ago.  I guess it really appeals to my interest in ancient processes while allowing the creativity and design sense of each artist to make every artist’s work uniquely different.

I am lucky enough to still live in northern Ohio, close to a beautiful national park, that inspires me every day.