I really have enjoyed the atmosphere that is created by the visual cues that surround the Great Lakes---especially Michigan. Michigan was home to over 247 lighthouses in the past and now only, well, less than 100 remain in good shape. These beacons of the lakes capture the peacefulness and tranquility of Michigan but were constructed to protect mariners from truly dangerous waters. I really eh, soak up the history of Michigan lighthouses---many of my wooden stools are based upon historical photos of lighthouses that no longer exist---they become cherished relics of a bygone era.
During my school years I was always known as the class artist but my construction career took me in a different direction. My wife changed all of that—she grew up in Paris and studied art in the prestigious Sorbonne—now part of the University of Paris. She has helped me to travel beyond Paris through much of Europe and our love of art has always been in the forefront.
One of the first things that I learned from her is the value of “white space” in her water color pieces. When working with paint and stain on wood, white space becomes blessed with random streaks of woodgrain. I try to work with nature by showcasing that woodgrain as much as possible.
I’ve lived in the Kalamazoo Michigan area since 1975. Most of my art has been functional---art that has a purpose because of my background in construction and ceramic tile. In 2008 I designed and built the house that I now reside in. I did everything myself including digging the foundation with a backhoe.