1. Where were you born and where are you from ?
2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?
Claremont is full of public art sculptures. As a kid I saw them as play structures. It’s one of the reasons that I make art that you can interact with.
3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?
Yes. I studied visual communication in college, then began experimenting with scultpure on my free time.
4. What led you to the design creation ?
I couldn’t afford or find the things I wanted to display in my home, so I started making them myself.
5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?
My influences come from the relationship between ancient building forms and their similarity to contemporary architecture and furniture
I work in a reductive process, sculpting all my work from a single block of wood. I use a chainsaw and different hand tools. Often the wood will present something unexpected, like a large crack, and I’m forced to find a solution. I like when that happens becuase it provides spontaneity.
6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?
There’s no typical day really. Sometimes I wake up and go collection wood from various sources around the city. Other times I go straight to the studio and start sanding or carving a piece.
7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?
I love natural materials because of the organic connection they have with earth. Wood is interesting because the grain plays a significant role in the sculpture. It becomes the color, texture, and holds energy.
8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?
They usually have to have a function, like a flat top fora table, or a seat.
9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?
Look to ancient history, art and objects of everyday life for inspiration. So much of ancient work looks and feels organic, naturally.
10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?
The Wood Age.
11. What designers have influenced you ?
Isamu Noguchi, JB Blunk, Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman, Henry Moore, Andre Bloc, Wharton Esherick, Mark Mills, and Alma Allen.
12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?
Millard Sheets, Sam Maloof, Lloyd Kahn, Axel Vervoordt
13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?
Thaddeus Mosley, Alma Allen, Josh Kermiet, Shiela Laufer,
14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?
Wooden Sculptures of Megalithic Structures
15. Is there anything you would like to add ?
I believe that the mere beauty of an object is superficial and in the end it is the spirit of an object that attracts us.