I was born near the Oregon-California border. A good part of my childhood was spent in the outdoors of both states. The outdoors dominated my life at an early age. Camping, observing wildlife and eventually fly fishing became passions.
A second life-long passion also started at an early age -- art. I took every art class possible. Settling in the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 18, I went to work for a large jewelry chain and discovered the creative side of the jewelry business. The Gemological Institute of America, as well as many fine craftspeople, taught me most aspects of the jewelry business. I started a jewelry manufacturing business in 1966. We produced merchandise for stores around the country. The last 20 years I have been a custom order designer and a small-run manufacturer. Now most of my clients are private individuals. My work has been featured on local television news shows and in buyers' guides advising consumers that we were an ideal place to purchase jewelry.
As a custom-order jewelry designer, we have produced wildlife in both precious metals and fine gems. Although most of what we make are classic and contemporary pieces, reproducing a likeness of a client's special request is our forteŽ. Past projects have included gold and sometimes gemstone-studded boats, cars, carrousel animals, pets and other subjects special to our clients.
While concentrating on the jewelry business, I never lost focus on producing wildlife sculpture and paintings. Years of travel to Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states in pursuit of fly fishing, brought me in contact with wildlife, including scores of bears. Although I have produced other subjects, bears, trout and salmon dominate my work. A nine-foot walking brown bear of mine is at the University of California Berkeley campus. The bear is made up of cast stone. The Lindsey Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, has many of my sculptures. Private individuals also own my sculptures, paintings and jewelry work.
Although I have produced bronzes, my favorite sculpturing medium is cast granite because it allows me to feature glass eyes. I believe the eyes are the most distinctive characteristic of the finished work.
My subjects are sculpted in clay then rubber molded and cast using the lay-up method. Although the subjects are made from a mold, I form, texture and paint each one individually. No two are alike. The lay-up method keeps the weight down and allows for appendages.
Although my animal heads can be mounted on a wall, I prefer to mount the heads on a pedestal. I believe the pedestal honors the animal. I make my own pedestals using natural granite and marble. Using intarsia techniques, I piece together different colors of stone to form a design that compliments the subject.
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Most of my paintings are done in oil on canvas or board. I strive for simple yet dramatic paintings. Some are reproduced in the giclee method on canvas. I also consult the record books to produce both sculptures and paintings on a grand scale.