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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 […]

Large Metal Wall Art for the Living Room

Aerial view of the Lower Kuskokwim Delta. Metal wall art for a Fairbanks, AK home. We installed this piece in the living room.

Decorating with Large Metal Wall art in The Living Room I recently returned from a road trip to install this large heat-colored steel metal wall art titled ‘Lower Kuskokwim’ in the living room of a  Fairbanks area home. It’s a variation of a similar design I’d made on a much smaller scale which is now […]

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 […]

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