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My education and early work background are in manufacturing and mechanical engineering. After several years, I found myself seeking more creative work. Marquetry has been the perfect medium for me. It allows me to work in a tangible way, with a broad variety of woods to depict the soothing natural world of mountain scenery. Since 1985, I have shown my work at art shows, exhibitions and galleries. By continually seeking improvements in design, technique and materials, marquetry provides me with a rich source of problem solving opportunities that drive the creative process forward.
Working from a prepared line drawing of the scenery being created, pieces of carefully selected exotic and domestic veneers are roughly cut for each feature of the design. A "saw pad" is constructed layer by layer incorporating each of the veneer pieces according to its place within the design. Each feature is then cut away from the saw pad in turn. Once cutting is complete, the pieces of the" puzzle" are then sorted and taped together. The scene is then glued, applied to a backing board and clamped in a vacuum clamp. When secure, all the tape is removed and allowed to fully dry before sanding and finishing. Each piece is then mounted in a handcrafted frame. The back is finished with black felt, D hangers, framing wire and a description of the woods used within the scene.
Awards, Exhibitions and Shows:
2021 Gilpin County Arts Assoc. - 1st Place in Mixed Media for “Teton Range Panorama”
2020 National Arts Program, Castle Rock, CO - 3rd Place in Professional Catagory
2018 National Arts Program, Castle Rock, CO
2017 National Marquetry Show, Longmont, CO
2016 Romancing the Arts - 3rd Place Award - Greater Castle Rock Arts Guild
2015 The Denver Art Museum - Currently collaborating with the Textile Art Gallery and the
Thread Studio on a piece of marquetry inspired by textiles.
2014 Niche Award Finalist in Home Furnishings: Decorative Accessories.
Niche Award Finalist in Wood: Painted/Colored.
2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Colorado Springs Airport Art Exhibition.
2013 American Marquetry Society National Exhibition, Lakewood, CO - Merit Award #5.
Design in Wood Exhibition, San Diego, CA.
2012 Arts Coalition of Erie CO - Studio Wood Show - 1st Place in Marquetry.
Design in Wood Exhibition, San Diego, CA - Honorable Mention - Veneering/Marquetry-Art.
Veneer Tech’’s Craftsman’s Challenge - Honorable Mention - Marquetry.
WYCOLO Chapter, American Marquetry Society’s 1st Exhibition.
2009, 2006, 2004 and 1988 Exhibition of Fine Woodworking, Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs, CO.
2006 Veneer Tech’’s Craftsman’s Challenge - Honorable Mention - Marquetry.
2005 Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, CO - 3rd Place, Woodworking Division.
2004 Design in Wood Exhibition, San Diego, CA - 4th Place, Marquetry/Veneer Division.
2001 Eastern Woodland Carvers Show - 1st Place
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