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"You are my Partner
in the creative process"

As an artist in different media over the years, I have been influenced by growing up in Chicago during the 1940’s and 50’s. Much of what was going on in visual arts and music was a result of the fermentation of a highly industrialized urbanization of America. On a grade school field trip to the steel mills in South Chicago, my fascination with metal started with viewing the steel making process—pouring of huge caldrons of melted metal, red-hot steel being shaped, sparks flying. Wow! Cool! This looked like fun.

Well before the computer chip and internet, metal and its fabrication was indeed one of the major contributors to our civilization. Most of my works have been in a wonderful material—steel. I am able to “get into” this material—cutting, bending, shaping, heating, welding. I create my own structures (sculptures) utilizing early as well as present day inspirations. There is a spirituality about the process that is quite existential and allows me to express essence, even over appearance.

I perceive a myriad of possibilities in a gray sheet of steel, a rusty half-buried old pipe, a steel stamping part. To change these mundane industrial elements into works of art that can attract attention and elevate the spirit is one of my major goals. A friend said to me recently that if he’s missing his right front fender, he’ll know who took it.

In the creation of my sculptures, I generally do a good amount of cutting utilizing special techniques that often color the steel in a subtle rainbow, adding a warmth and beauty to the material. Many of my pieces combine both architectural and organic characteristics.

I am fascinated by “fractals and fractal geometry” which are based on the chaotic patterns of nature and their often infinite reoccurrence. These visuals are found in trees, sticks scattered on a forest floor, mountains, coastlines, weather maps, close up of peeling paint and random computerized designs. Fractals are ubiquitous in nature and in many man made objects: building superstructures, cityscapes, street maps and architectural designs. There is a “Truth” in my perception of fractals that appears in my art and challenges the viewers to discover something about themselves. Through your own interpretation, you are my partner in the creative process

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