Like many artists, I began tackling my passion for art at a very young age. Taking clay and drawing classes at the local art association led to a formal education in the arts.
Beginning in 1986 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence under the tutelage of Jon Keith Swindell, I earned a scholarship for outstanding design students.
A break in college found me whetting my design chops on furniture making with Todd Fillingham in Milwaukee, and finally earning my BFA in sculpture in 1994 at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Afterwards, I went on to work as a full time mosaic artist at the notorious St. Louis City Museum. Under the auspices of Bob Cassilly, its creative director, me and a team of four others mosaicked thousands of square feet of what used to be the ten-story Brown Shoe Company factory.
When I moved west in 2004, I acquired a job with a small handmade tile company in Ashland, Oregon. My first task there was to do a mosaic for the Oregon Zoo in Portland followed by a large-scale public commission for the City of Ashland in 2005.
I’ve gone on to create other public works for Ashland, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Medford, and Talent. I'm currently facilitating a community mosaic mural called Talent, OR: Bee City U.S.A with residents of Talent, OR. I've been creating fine art mosaics, ceramics, and public and private commissions from my studio in Talent, Oregon since 2007.