I was exposed to woodturning by my father and in 2005 was able to set up a turning studio at my home. I turn everything from wall hangings to pepper grinders and enjoy making all of them, so when I retired from my medical practice in 2013, I was already actively turning. Upon retirement, I began showing and selling my work and was accepted into several galleries, one of which was the Zero Degrees Artists Gallery.
I enjoy turning different forms and usually add some form of embellishment such as carving, woodburning, texturing or coloring. The use of color sets my work apart from most woodturners. I use wood dyes and airbrush paints adding color to create a unique piece of art. Many times there are recognizable pictures in the grain pattern in the wood and I try to use color to amplify the story being told by these patterns.
I have won many awards in local shows such as Best of Show in Three Dimensional Art and Best in Wood Art at Art on the Rocks in Marquette. I have won awards at the Bonifas Fine Art Center in Escanaba, Michigan and have had pieces chosen for turning of the week and turning of the day in several international on line woodturning forums. I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners and a founding member of our local AAW chapter, Superiorland Woodturners where I serve as program director.
My home is in Negaunee, Michigan, where I live with my wife Rene', from whom I get much of my inspiration and artistic advice. I get a lot of joy out of the process of creating art and hope others can experience that joy when viewing my work.