I was born on June 10, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. Every story should start at the beginning.

When I was growing up, I developed a love of manipulating inanimate objects. Some were tossed-aside leftovers from a botched fix-it job, some were various parts from products that were never meant to go together and others became leftovers from taking perfectly good and useful items apart to discover how they worked. Usually, I was able to put them back together. Sometimes they even worked. I discovered the relationship of parts.

Later I enjoyed the beauty of composing raw building materials into sculptural objects. These materials (concrete, metal, glass and wood) were elements used in the building of TYPE V construction (wood-frame homes, office and apartment buildings, for example). These objects then were acted upon by nature. This led to the use of these materials along with the related building processes, to develop my art into the production of custom recycled furniture.

Recycling is a large part of my work. Because so many of our earth's precious resources are taken for granted and discarded at will, these materials are deemed useless. Humans tear from the earth materials which help shelter and comfort, but when another architectural stylistic fad becomes popular, the old is razed in favor of the new. Elements which were once essential become landfill. I collect these discarded resources and give them another chance to spend time in our existence with a sense of dignity. My work shows a moment of time, the middle of a life. Natural erosion on the sculptures indicate the passage of time. These elements were born pristine, will die rotted and decayed, but exist, proud and worn, in the present. The materials are obvious and can be associated with a past, but their actual history is unclear.

I view the term "deconstruction" literally, and define my sculpture in physical terms. I call these rebuilt deconstructions "Reconstructions". Taking what I determine is the best of discarded TYPE V materials, I reconstruct objects which exemplify my concepts of sculpture. My work is not just rearranged parts, but carefully constructed units with layers based on contrast - in materials, shapes and textures - and connections with emphasis on logic, stability, and repetition.

Toward the end of my M.A. program, my thoughts began to drift toward the possibility of displaying my work in a more public manner. I began thinking monumentally, and began viewing my work as maquettes. Exhibiting my work as large scale public art was very appealing. Dealing with a particular project, developing a concept, doing research regarding the site and the people and the history of the area, making sketches and drawings to solidify the idea, using my computer skills to help polish the presentation, making models and working with the principals involved sparked an intense desire. Two things prevented me from chasing that goal. I was already deeply involved with my personal art philosophy, and I was about to graduate. I wanted to continue exploring my art with a public art emphasis but I learned the M.F.A. program would not be instituted until later.

After graduation I did became part of a design team which proposed a concept for the Peace Garden Monument competition in Washington DC. My large-scale work has also been exhibited in numerous galleries and outdoor locations. Since then, I've also explored various avenues of creative expression, including teaching. I find it invigorating to pass conceptual and technical skills to students: I learn as they do and they keep me open to new ideas.

The M.F.A. program at CSUN finally began in 1997 and I completed my formal education as part of that inagural M.F.A. class. Afterward, I taught at the university level while continuing my various artistic efforts. It's an honor to return to any school where students are not clones of the teachers, and concept is of equal importance to craft.

In the last couple of years I've focused on rebuilding my house, work in the digital post production arena, produce functional art and look forward to creating artwork of a more personal nature.