My passion for stained glass sculpture was discovered quite by accident, while deployed to Kuwait (2001) with the Arizona Army National Guard. Passing long hours of downtime, I ordered a "how to" book on assembling decorative, flat stained glass panels and tools to create my first simple designs.
Returning stateside, I enrolled in classes at a local stained glass studio to hone my technique, where I soon decided that working in one dimension was not for me.
I soon learned that by strategically positioning and tacking hand-cut textured glass, I could effectively represent the fluidity of natural movement. I began applying this new process to sculpting animal busts, figures and masks from cold glass – the first of which was a life-sized head of a horse, complete with piercing eyes and glass mane. One year and countless hours of disassembly and reassembly to get it right, I was hooked.
Now, nearly 20 years later, I have amassed a body of sculpted glass works that represents both my evolution as an artist and interactions with nature and culture across our great green earth. Having visited over 40 countries to date, my designs are infused with the inspiration and memories I have collected in experiencing the many ways that people live, worship, celebrate and mourn through art.
I am currently involved in a number of custom commissions incorporating steel, glass and stone, and exploring additional public space artwork opportunities around the state of Arizona.
I refer to my first exploration into 3-D glass work as the Garden Era. I spent months cutting colored glass to resemble the petals of various flowers and wrapping them in copper foil. Soldering these curved shapes together around thin copper tubes, then ‘planting’ the tubes in ceramic pots and attaching an electric pump to feed water up the tubes, I created unique sculptural floral waterfalls of various shapes and sizes.
National Sculpture Society - Associate Member
UMass Boston - MEd, Instructional Design
Arizona Army National Guard - Retired
2010 - present
2010 - present