In the Port Orange Florida Private Art Collection
hard maple burl bowl was one of my favorite pieces, it sat in our breakfromt for months. At the Port Orange show, they
selected it for judging with another of my pieces (neither won an award), and they asked if they could buy this piece for
their Art Collection.
I am STILL "on
the verge" of becoming a full time studio turner, in that my primary living is still made selling Antiques. I have
relocated to Ormond Beach Florida, so I'm one step closer to turning full time!
I have many years worth of "ideas" and concepts that are waiting to be tried. Including all of the classic
forms. I use the work of others as a springboard, and while I have no formal training in the arts, I look at the work
of others for inspiration. My intention is to compliment their work, not by replicating it, but by personalizing it,
changing that one thing that will make it my own.
In the past,
I have done lots of different things with my hands but find the most pleasure in turning wood.
joy of life is said to be the journey, not the destination...
To that end,
woodturning is the most interesting - Joyful leg of my journey to date. There is something elegant about the look and
feel of wood. True beauty can be drawn from even damaged, compromised materials. I enjoy the whole process, finding
and selecting materials, applying ideas that best show the materials and to their best advantage, thinking about new ways
to use the same materials we all use.
"Good Art" in woodturning
is more than just a pleasing shape, a good finish, skillful application and interesting materials. The art, for me,
is also in doing those things with joy, and to find those forms that best represent the combination of materials and inspiration.
Art is often said to "speak to" the observer, to draw them in, to invite them to experience what the art is, what
it represents, and even to speak for the artisan. I hope you can "hear" my work.
Though, I still pick up a single piece of wood and let the vessel in it out, a primary part of my current path, it seems, is a fascination with the sense of rotating motion created by the various
ideas I am playing with.
I hope you enjoy the site.