Artist Statement

I love steel…it’s look, feel, and smell. I enjoy making steel come alive in a new form, exhibiting its own quirks and personality.

I bend steel…and it bends me. Often as not, we reach harmony, both giving a little.

The plasma cutting, grinding, welding, forging, and final patina brings a gift of enlightenment.

Simplistic lines, graceful curves, and pieces that have a powerful but quiet presence appeal to me, along with the adage “less is more.”

Exhibitions & Events

October 2004: Smartshop, Student Exhibitor

July 2005: “Do Your Own Thing” Exhibit, Arts Council (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

June 2006: Kalamazoo Institute of Art (KIA) Art Fair (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

2007: KIA Art Fair, Category winner Metalsmithing/Sculpture (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

2007: West Michigan Area Show (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

October 2008: “Stolen Souls” Exhibit, Blue Water Gallery (Richland, Michigan)

June 2010: “Holes” Exhibit, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, Michigan)

November 2010: “Metal and Quilts” The Hard and the Soft, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, Michigan)

January 2011: Regional Juried Arts Show, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, Michigan)

June 2011: Regional Juried Arts Show, Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC) (St. Joseph, Michigan)

January 2012: Regional Juried Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, MI)

February 2012: Park Club Art Show (Kalamazoo, MI)

June 2013: “Metals Exhibition”, Water Street Glass Works Gallery (Benton Harbor, MI)

May 2013: “Birds”, Portage Library (Portage, MI)

December 2014: Juried into Signature Gallery

September 2015: “Signature Show”, Arts Council/ Epic Center (Kalamazoo, MI)

August 2015: “Earth, Sky, and Sea”, Ignertia Gallery (Kalamazoo, MI)

2016: Regional Juried Arts Show, Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory Gallery (St. Joseph, MI)

June 2017: “Time Passing”, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, MI)

June 2017: “Beyond Boundaries”, Battle Creek Art Center (Battle Creek, MI)

June 2017: Michiana Annual Arts Competition, Regional Juried Show, Box Factory Gallery (St. Joseph, MI)

July: 2017 “Gardens”, Portage Library Exhibit (Portage, MI)

October 2017: “Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse”, Arts Council Exhibition/Epic Center

August 2018: “Transformations”, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, MI)

January 2019: Regional Juried Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, MI)

May 2019: “World in Flux – 4 Artists Perception”, Arts Council / Epic Center (Kalamazoo, MI)

June 2019: Michiana Annual Arts Competition, Regional Juried Show, Box Factory Gallery (St. Joseph, MI)

March 2020: “We Are The Earth, We Are The Problem, We Are The Solution”, Kalamazoo College Exhibit (Kalamazoo, MI)

June 2020: “Personal Landscape Exhibit”, Carnegie Center for the Arts (Three Rivers, MI)

June 2020: Juror for Metal Sculpting Category, 2020 Kalamazoo KIA June Art Fair (postponed due to COVID)

Artist Affiliations

2007 to 2018: Resident Artist, AT LAST (Glenn, MI)

July 2009 to 2013: Resident Artist, MIDTOWN GALLERY (Kalamazoo, MI)

December 2014 to Present: Resident Artist, SIGNATURE GALLERY LLC (Kalamazoo, MI)