I am currently making sculpture using a plethora of diverse materials scavenged at the San Francisco dump. This process is spontaneous and random causing me to be open to whatever I find or make. As a result I am creating a body of work completely unlike my past work. I am building intricate, futuristic environments that touch upon the downfall of human behavior.  Also, as I use ordinary objects to create assemblages, I find myself venting my warped sense of humor. But, not all my new work is composed of symbols and content. In some cases I am creating abstract organic forms that do nothing but smoothly meander.

Over the last ten years I have been making a living designing and building sculptural metal furniture, fixtures, and architectural elements. During this time, I have executed hundreds of private commissions ranging from a small, concrete mosaic table to one hundred linear feet of decorative railing. My design aesthetic is drawn from nature. While working with different mediums, I strive to create a smooth and fluid movement of form. Objects and structures should integrate effectively into the surrounding environment, similar to the way water flows around a rock, precisely reflecting the contours of an obstruction.

I enjoy combining opposite elements and creating a sound symbiotic relationship; bringing together the industrial and rigid with the organic and sinewy or combining the fragile and the durable.  My latest body of work is a series of blown glass and metal pods. This work represents a progressive movement of dissimilar materials existing in harmony. Another recent project was a carved wood and metal banister/staircase.  Carved wood roots extend from the hardwood floor and meander up the wall where the tips of the tapering wood roots are met by the vine-like descent of the metal handrail, creating a union between mediums that continue a fluid movement.  My last project before I started the art residency at the transfer station was a solid rod and copper sheet metal fountain.  I used an English wheel and TIG welder to create smooth, flowing bowl-like shapes that meander with the direction of the water.

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