Precise, beautiful letter-carving is very important to me. Here I am carving tiny details on a passage from Corinthians.I am a sculptor and letter-carver, working from my home-based studio in Bremerton, WA. I have been working in wood since 1999, when I began carving inscriptions on simple wood blocks. Since then, my work has consistently evolved and my artistic vision has deepened. I remain one of only a few carvers in the U.S. who specialize in hand-carved lettering. As such, I am in demand for commissions that require beautiful carved letters, from small gifts to large installations. I also create vessel forms, taking large hunks of wood and making them into delicate, organic forms. And labyrinths...have I mentioned labyrinths? I create some of the most beautiful finger labyrinths available, all right here, one at a time.
I use salvaged and reclaimed wood from the Pacific Northwest, particularly Big Leaf Western Maple, Cherry, Apple, and Walnut. Most of my wood is from trees that have fallen down in storms.
I have a BFA (1992) in studio art from Pacific Lutheran University and an MAT (1995) from the University of Puget Sound. One of the things about being an artist that I love is that it requires me to constantly study and learn, not just in "art" fields, but in all fields. As such, I am a heavy-user of the public library, which I think is one of the greatest ideas humanity has come up with. (Unashamed Public Service Announcement: Support your library and joyfully pay taxes to support it!)
Taking a break after slicing up some choice cherry slabs from a storm-damaged tree in Poulsbo, WAI make art because I find purpose and worth in doing so. I want my work to speak to that hidden, quiet part in each of us that longs for beauty, simplicity, joy, and meaning.