My art is an exploration in wood where I utilize various domestic and exotic hardwoods to serve as my canvas. I’ll often harvest or hand-select specific species of wood for a project. I find wood that is highly figured or has an interesting grain pattern the most fascinating. To obtain a striking visual effect, I will incorporate one or more secondary wood species or introduce a stone, metal, paper, or fabric component for a contrasting yet complimentary union of materials. Almost as important as the selection of wood species and design, I pay special attention to the finishing process. Each piece will have multiple coats of either an oil-varnish or Tung oil mixture to accentuate the naturally occurring pattern within the wood. The end result is a functional piece of art that can be used for placement, containment, or concealment.
I began designing, creating, and working in wood in 2006 mainly as a way to decompress from the stress of working in the corporate business world. I have a BFA in Communications-Graphics from Edinboro University and my initial concentration was on 2D graphics, design, drawing, and painting. I never really put much effort into 3D art that is until I decided to learn woodworking.
My first creations in wood were unique and funky birdhouses and feeders. From there I progressed onto “fine woodworking” where keepsake boxes, bowls, and small furniture pieces became my focus.