I'm a Seattle native and self-taught artist working with milled wood, paint, and botanical material. My current pieces evolved from digital prints of nature with framing material and found objects relative to the subject matter of the print.
I eventually decided to do away with the print and create concise, portable representations of natural scenes using gathered and purchased plant materials.
The meticulous manner in which the constructions are created is a reflection of my training as a professional chef and the 25 years I spent in restaurant and catering kitchens from Seattle and San Francisco to New York and Provincetown.
I approach my artwork much the same way I approached food when I was cooking for a living. Ingredients are carefully hand selected, treated respectfully, and utilized in a way their best features are highlighted.
I select all lumber used for framing and mill it to specifications in my studio/wood shop. All framing and artwork is assembled by hand, by me, one at a time, and is not mass produced.
All components of my artwork are of archival quality. They are thoroughly dried or preserved to stay sound, colorfast, and free of insects. The integrity of each piece will be maintained as long as it is not exposed to moisture and/or prolonged, direct sunlight.
Here is a short video of my work process.
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