was a sickly kid on the verge of death so I have been told... Well that is
sort of the way my mother presented it to me. So, having a protective mother
and all that, I found my solitude in drawing at a very young age.
been doing art of some sort ever since second grade. I used to think that it
was great being in high demand and doing art projects instead of being in
class learning boring stuff. I have no regrets about those days, as it lead
me to be creative. The learning part has remained a struggle but I preserver
as I as I have come to know that knowledge is highly important if you want
to be comfortable with yourself.
By the time I left the public school system, art had been deeply embedded
in my being. I went to art school at night and worked various jobs and as a
photographer during the day until Uncle Sam said sign on the dotted line
cause I have a war here in Viet Nam I want you to lend a hand with. As it
turns out Sam had other plans for me and I never left the western
hemisphere. Seems ole Uncle Sam decided that I would be better off spying on
them there commies down in South America. So he puts me on a ship and gave
me a darkroom all to myself, lots of film, chemicals and time to hone my
photography skills while serving in the Navy.
When Uncle Sam was done with me, I first went into the aero space
industry as a draftsman and illustrator until I landed a job with an
advertising agency. Also during this time I attended classes at Newark
School of Art in Newark NJ, School of Visual Arts, The New School both in
New York City and the Newark College of Engineering also in Newark. By the
mid 1970’s or there about's, I ventured out on my own as an illustrator and
photographer. Work was fairly steady and I got to work at home. The jobs I
took on varied from book design, custom logos, advertisements, brochures and
book illustration. Between 1974 and 1975 I got a full time gig with a small
company called Dankho Jet Charter flying with various rock groups as an
in-house photographer and graphic designer.
It was in 1975 when I was working on a book project for professional
sculptor, Michael DeNike, that he inadvertently got me hooked on
woodcarving. There was just something magical about blasting away all that
unwanted wood and vela there it was something mysteriously hiding deep
inside that log or slab of wood. I was hooked. Since Michael owned the
American Carving School in Wayne, New Jersey I also taught at the school in
1976 and again in 1986 through 1992.
Since then I have traveled around this country bringing my ability to
carve and other creative skills with me. From time to time I still do some
illustration work or photography but my true love is carving. In the mid
90’s I added web design to my bag of creative skills. And by the 2003 one of
my web clients got me into selling and installing solar energy products
along with doing my carving business. As it interfered with my time carving
and time enjoying life I have been doing less with the solar and have
stopped doing installs altogether.
I still sell some solar products but spend more time in my woodcarving
studio. In 2010 I hired on with Peter Templeton, a local woodworker and
furniture maker to work on a project for Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch
which involved over 90 pieces of furniture with 22 of them having animals or
scenes carved into them. I worked with three other carvers, about a dozen
furniture makers, and a furniture finisher.
Today I have an apprentice who helps me in the wood shop helping out with
my small sign projects which gives me more time to do other commissions and
fine art carvings.