I was born in beautiful Nelson, BC in 1972 but I was raised all across Canada. The abundant raw materials like wood, stone, ice, snow and sand were my playthings and this guided me early onto a creative path. .I began actual sculpting at the age of nineteen when I was terribly bored one day. My life changed the instant I picked up a hammer, a screwdriver, and a piece of wood and pounded out an incense holder. This simple probe into subtractive art instantly captured my attention and imagination. A purchase of a small soapstone rock and a few rudimentary tools blossomed into a full time passion. Smashing stones with a hammer and chisel gave an emotional and physical release and has allowed for personal spiritual healing and growth. This passion of mine leads me on a wild journey of learning and creation.
After years of self taught exploration with stone and wood sculpting, I joined the Sculptors Association of Alberta in 1998. With them, I discovered ice and snow carving, welding and other mediums like clay, Styrofoam and concrete. I experienced artistic collaboration and community and developed wonderful mentorship with other talented sculptors. I enthusiastically established myself in the community by entering numerous shows and competitions, attending workshops, lectures and arts events. Eventually I was guided to a stone-sculpting symposium in British Columbia, thus beginning the ascent of another creative mountain.
Traveling has broadened my knowledge with new experiences and amazing artwork. I have attended many festivals, workshops and symposiums world wide. I even auctioned myself off as an assistant to several established sculptors to learn more about this craft. I started sculpting sand, balancing rocks, and scrounging my own materials from nature and in back alleys and garbage bins. Learning the trade of stone masonry has further broadened my abilities and potential.
Now my sculpting career flows in seasons. In the spring and fall I concentrate on stone. In winter I carve ice and snow, and the summer has me traveling around creating sand monuments between my masonry jobs. I currently live in Vancouver, and I have a studio in my garage. I feel that there is so much to learn, to experience and experiment with sculpture that I just might die with a chisel in my hand.