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It All Begins with a Drawing

Evolution of the initial drawing for Through Your Spotting Scope, the first public art commission in Denali State Park.

The original drawing is a significant part of any new piece. Since the late ’70s, I’ve created commissioned artwork for individuals, businesses, and public places, which has resulted in an extensive library of proposal drawings. ​ Some I’ve made into finished metal or metal and wood wall art, while others sit on my hard drive […]

Geometric and Organic Abstract Metal Wall Art

One of a series of small geometric and organic abstract heat-colored steel engravings inspired by celestial and natural themes.

You may have heard me mention the series of geometric and organic abstract metal wall art pieces I made this fall. They’re inspired by celestial, braided river, and other natural themes. Each began as a quick charcoal sketch on a whitened piece of cold-rolled steel scrap. I made the initial design without forethought, working to […]

Celestial Octopus Art on Saw Blade

I ended up calling this piece ‘Let Me Check My Calendar.’ Though I finished the engraving last fall, I installed it last weekend, as the clients weren’t back at their Homer house until then. It’s the first saw blade engraving I’ve made in a while. They were my bread and butter in the North Carolina […]

Ready… Set… ART!

Portrait painter from Dollywood crafts festival.

It’s been a while since I worked on my art in public. I used to do a lot of portrait sculptures. Beginning with an armature and stack of clay rolls, I’d whip out a rough likeness in an hour and a half sitting. It helped when my model had distinctive features, though not all of […]

Fly Fishing the Naknek River

Commission art for your business. Stainless steel and Corten layered exterior metal wall sculpture at Bear Trail Lodge in King Salmon, Alaska. An example of large metal wall art for outdoors.

Outdoor Metal Wall Art with Fish, Bear, and Fly Fisher I flew to King Salmon a couple of Sundays ago to install this 16′ wide layered stainless and weathering steel outdoor wall sculpture on the exterior wall of Bear Trail Lodge along the Naknek River. I’d made a heat-colored steel and birch decorative coffee table for them […]

Making Layered Metal and Wood Wall Art

A happily breaching humpback whale interrupts a seagull's evening meal in this layered steel and wood relief.

I make a lot of my metal and wood wall art designs in small limited editions. You can commission them in custom sizes to fit a specific setting. I make them in both single and multi-layered versions; some have wooden elements. The layers are held together with hidden bolts and screws. I cut out the […]

The Buzz of the Pine Cone Honey Bee

Ok, this goes way back to the 90s’. When I cut the dead cherry tree to make ‘Mountain Man with Raven’ for a tall chimney wall in Linville, NC, I stashed the hollow trunk under my workshop and got busy cutting forked boards for the 50 plus pieces I had to spline and dowel together. […]

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