Born and raised on the east coast, I achieved a bachelor's degree in product design from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1971. Rejecting the minimalist design style taught at the time, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue other options. I was introduced to wood turning through classes at a place called the Cutting Edge. I bought a lathe and started turning exotic woods into bowls and abstract shapes.
Then I was lured into home construction by the greater money I could make, while I continued to wood turn for my own enjoyment of artistic expression.
For a number of years I also took classes in oil painting and painted on my own.
The time available for those personal pursuits quickly waned for several reasons. I got married, had two children soon and also started my own construction company, building custom houses from the ground up. That proceeded for many years until I retired in 2020. At that time I aggressively pursued my art. What is on display for sale at Aloft is the result of the last three years of experiment and finalized wood turning.
I don't like to do the exact same shape twice so each of my creations are unique. I like to say that the trees are the art; I just discover it, expose it, and exhibit It to other lovers of wood.