Q:Where do you live?
A:I live in a sweet little ranching community just outside of Cody, Wyoming
Q:What mediums do you work in and what is your favorite?
A:Although I have dabbled in bronzes, I predominately work with antler and longhorn skulls.
Q:What are your other hobbies, and are they related to your artwork?
A:Other hobbies I enjoy are lake kayaking, horseback riding and cattle work. At one time, I was an avid competitor in the horse sport of cutting, but thankfully gave that up, and with the money I saved I was able to buy my home!! Funny, but anyone who knows cutting knows how expensive it is. But, it was a great event (or should I say obsession) in my life for many years. I absolutely adore gardening, and have much pride in any perennial that is hardy enough to return year after year. For many years I worked up in the mountains, packing and cooking for summer pack trips, as well as cooking in hunting camps. I gave that up a couple years ago, preferring now to sleep in a real bed, having a shower, and NOT smelling like bacon in grizzly bear country in the fall.
Q:How did you get started and what was the evolution of your style?
A:I started carving in the early 80’s, back when belt buckles and bolo ties made from elk burrs were popular. My style is always evolving; currently I am really focused on the organic flower and leaf patterns. My goal is to create a real sense of kinetic flow, and I consider every flower and leaf a personal challenge.
Q:What goals do you have for your artwork, what does the future hold?
A:Hmmm, well to be honest, to continue to sell them so I can continue to carve them! I gave up my ‘’day job’’ when I turned 50 after some significant events happened in my life: Both parents passing within 11 months of each other, and the loss of a stepson in a single vehicle accident. It was a real wake up call in regards to mortality. At the time I was riding performance horses for a private ranch outside of Cody, and I had the epiphany that since I hadn’t been killed or maimed by one of those big-motored horses, it was a good time to quit, take the leap of faith, and carve full time. That was 4 years ago, and I feel very fortunate that is has been working nicely.
Q:Is there a message or theme behind your artwork?
A:Beauty. I will work and work on a piece, catching little flaws, simply until my eye is happy. A nice message also, is breathing new life into what was at one time a magnificent animal. I have done a couple of skulls for people that had a special horse or cow, and it really seems to mean a lot to them.
Q:What or who inspires you?
A:Leather artists really inspire me. Although my designs are my own, I really like to study leather art.
Q:What has been the hardest project, or what is the hardest aspect of you art?
A:The hardest project I have done was a commission I did last year where the customer provided the skull. This particular skull was from a massive longhorn whose named was Peter III. He was 7’ tip to tip, and had perfect symmetry. I really felt intimidated, as this was not a replaceable skull. I would have to say that the hardest aspect is self-promoting. I really feel uncomfortable with it, and therefore, am not very good at it!
Q:What brings you the most satisfaction or sense of accomplishment?
A:A highlight is the day when, as I check whatever I’m working on, every little nook and cranny is finished. The most satisfying feeling is when the customer receives it, and loves it.