Public Art Commissions

‘Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that the Denali Park Art Committee has selected your proposal for the visitor center project.’ Public art commission award confirmation email.

Public Art Commissions – Patiently waiting with bated breath – Although my recent public art commissions began with a request for proposals with the projects being awarded through a jury process, the first couple ‘fell into my lap.’ The first was in 1981, during my last year at ​Naguib School of Sculpture. Triton College reached […]

Pratt Museum Botanical Garden Signs

The Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska, commissioned me to make metal art signs for their Botanical Garden. The signs designate each of the various biomes in the garden, which fills the space between the museum and Bartlett Street. I made signs for seven biomes: Alpine, Bog, Coastal, Fen, Meadow, Riparian, and Upland. A significant part […]

Organic and Geometric Abstract Engravings

Geometric abstract heat-colored steel engraving

Though we’re always open for First Friday, we rarely have an actual show. I typically feature a newly completed piece or host an open studio to see the progress of my current commissions. I’m not sure what got into me this month; maybe I was having too much fun making small abstract engravings. Nonetheless, we’ve […]

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 […]

Fire Dragon

Video highlights of the fire dragon event at the Dean Gallery during the 2022 Alaska World Arts Festival.

If you know me well, have been on one of our tours, or spent much time on my website, you know I like coming up with creative solutions. Often the result of many iterations and the odd tearing of hair. As each one evolves, though I may not lose sleep over it, I often wake […]

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 Art

Drawing of Naguib.

Making Art – Beyond the Mystique There’s a fair amount of mystique around the process of making art. As I took a quick look into our gallery the other day, I had the intention of trying to clarify exactly why I’ve been making art for the last 40 plus years, What first came to mind was how […]

Limited Edition Originals – Variations on a Theme

Examples of limited editon original heat colored steel metal and wood wall art.

Metal Wall Art Variations – Unique Versions of a Design I made my first layered wood and metal wall art in the early ’90s. Since then, I’ve offered many of my designs for heat-colored metal wall art in small limited editions of seven.  I do the same for some of my early saw blade designs. […]

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 […]

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