My journey as a furniture maker and artist began after leaving my home area of Winona, Minnesota while on a Westward progression. After sometime living in California and later in Washington State, I traveled to Maui, Hawaii. It was there that I made the decision to pursue a life as an artist and studio furniture maker and shortly after I moved to Haiku, Maui.
The 7 years I lived in Hawaii shaped many aspects of my life, spiritually and physically. I learned a craft, art, and way of being during those years that will continue to influence me for the rest of my life. Aloha is a word that means many things, not the least of which is love. I have heard it said that Aloha is ineffable, indescribable and indefinable with words alone; to be understood, it must be experienced. Even today while trying to be very aware of place while creating my pieces I make a conscious effort to put as much aloha into my work as possible.
I have been making furniture, custom architectural features, sculpture, and wall hanging art professionally for the past 10 years. I find that quite often these disciplines co-mingle in my creations making for pieces that have a fluid feel as well as a natural and elemental look. In my work, I enjoy playing with subtle curves and shapes to make conscious connections with things I have observed in the natural world, such as the ever changing face of a wave, or the curve of a blade of grass. These forms and attention to detail can be discovered in my furniture, woodwork, and fine art. I am driven to explore various mediums hoping to uncover their mysteries and have the courage to be guided by what I find.
“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, head and heart is an artist.”