The silver puddle of aluminum glows luminous as I push the molten metal into the porous surface of rugged lava rock.
Welding rocks together was the culmination of an evolutionary journey that has unfolded a step at a time.
In college, I worked primary in clay until taking an oxyacetylene class in welding. Years
later I spent a period of time carving stone. A desire to combine stone and metal led to a series of ceramic shell castings
combined with limestone. The next step was--welding directly onto rock. Experimenting with various samples, I
discovered lava rocks tolerance for extremes of temperature, and expansion and contraction.
I explore serious concepts in series such as Elements of Change, Impediments and Integuments.
To lighten up the atmosphere and keep my balance, I create prehistoric lava creatures or personalities named Walking the Dog,
Saber-toothed Lava Tiger, or the Extinct and Endangered Lava Creatures.
My work has been exhibited in museums, art centers, government buildings, and galleries.
A number of published articles have been referenced for those who are interested in learning more about the art and the artist.
The last three years I have been building a studio (nearing completion) and a sagebrush sculpture
garden which will feature, not only our native western plants, but also a number of indigenous lava creatures.
Also nearing completion is a book, Portfolio, The Art of a Life. I look forward to sharing the wonderful world of metal