Q: Tell us a little about your art.
A: I work with metal, refining raw, rusty metal into shiny panels and 4-sided towers for outdoor use in home gardens and office space. The towers are also designed as fountains and fire towers. I use various steps to clean and refine the raw material, then cut designs & patterns using a plasma cutter. A grinder adds depth to the patterns and the finishing touch to the background, and then many layers of UV and rust prevention finishing coats are applied so each piece is ready for the great outdoors.
Q: Why did you start doing what you do?
A: I’ve always loved the grinding effects on metal art designs that I’ve seen when traveling, in galleries, and on websites. And I wanted to incorporate that into my own type of artwork. I especially like how the sunlight catches the edges of the cuts in the designs, and the patterns in the metal grinds, making it feel like it’s moving.
I’ve been in the high tech industry too long. I have inspiration from my wife who is a great artist and a marketing guru. And I’ve always liked working with my hands, using tools, doing things other people wouldn’t think possible.
Q: What makes you different from others in your field?
A: I don’t see many other people doing what I do. Especially in the Northwest.
Q: What are your biggest influences?
A: The beauty of our natural surroundings – birds, trees, butterflies, nature – designs that would enhance peoples gardens and patios. I want something simple and elegant that can be enjoyed for many years, but also an eye-catching design, and sometimes a sense of whimsy!
Q: Tell us something most people don’t know about your process.
A: I’m still creating things by hand, in a very organic way. There are a lot more steps than people might imagine, and it’s a very physical process. I sure get my daily exercise in!
Q: Where would you like to go next?
A: I’m looking to try and create 3-D layered effects as a whole new style. And perhaps something with movement – like several interactive metal parts that move with the wind.