(American, b. 1954)
I’ve been a carpenter, remodeler and wood worker since high school, so I’ve been making things for 40+ years. I made a few art pieces in the early 70s (including some crude mobiles!) when I shared an apartment building with (and was inspired by) a couple of friends who have been full-time artists ever since. One piece survives that era: In The Beginning, a small “linear” sculpture.
In 2005 I finally had the time, money and available work space get back into making standalone art pieces. That’s when I took a welding class and started making hanging and standing mobiles a la Alexander Calder, which I did for the five couple years. Then I worked in other mediums: lost wax casting, crop circle reproductions, yard art, mechanical gizmos, and portrait painting. In late 2014 I turned to wood laminate art, something I’d always wanted to do. It’s a culmination of all the work I’ve done so far, because it requires bending and welding steel to make the forms, and various wood working skills and tools to cut, bend, glue and sand the wood.
Like most artists, I get ideas from everywhere: galleries, nature, common objects, and of course, other artists. Many times I’ve seen something in a gallery and said to myself, “I can make that.” Then I spent whatever time and money it took to produce something new.
Calder made 3,300 art pieces in his life, and most of his big monumental stuff when he was in his 60s and 70s. There’s still hope!