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Where my first career in Engineering was born of necessity and has stood me in good stead, my second was born from the desire to create using natural elements, clay and reed. 
Each piece begins with a whisper of a design and a dream of what it can be. Then, an original, hand-crafted base is created of American or exotic woods, Ambrosia Maple, Red Oak, Padauk, Patagonian Rosewood, Canary, Zebra; their names evoking memories of the places that have inspired my creativity. 
I use reed and cane to build original pieces, creating only one unique piece. The final finish encapsulates the integrity of the piece and preserves it as an heirloom. 
I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and those adventures through other cultures, and my natural surroundings, have greatly inspired my work.

It has been the realization of a dream to participate in the top shows in America and a tremendous honor to have my work featured by The Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

I create only one.  Everyone deserves an original.  

Honors & Shows, to date: 

 

  • 2023 Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • 2023 The Smithsonian Craft Show

  • 2022 ACC Juror

  • 2022 Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • 2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • 2021 The Smithsonian Craft Show

  • 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • 2020 The Smithsonian Craft Show

  • 2020 National Basketry Organization, Members in Print 2, Juried Exhibition

  • 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • 2019 Philadelphia Guild of Craftsmen, Benchmark Award, Resolved Design

  • 2019 Philadelphia Guild of Craftsmen, Master Artisan status

  • 2018 Goggleworks, Reading, PA - First

  • 2017 Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, First 

  • 2016 Rochester Museum & Science Center,  First 

  • 2016 Art in the Gardens, First place, Judge's Award, Canandaigua, NY

  • 2016 Lincoln Center, New York City, NY.  Best New Artist

  • 2015 Art in the Gardens, First place, Judge's Award, Canandaigua, NY

  • 2015 Judge's Merit Award, Clothesline Festival, Rochester, NY

  • 2012 Chestnut Hill, PA - Second, Crafts

  • 2012 Pearl S. Buck, National Historic Landmark Museum, Bucks County, PA

  • 2010 First reed and tools - The Country Seat, www.countryseat.com

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It's not often that you'll find me in a pitching gondola on a choppy canal.   I'm usually behind the camera biting my lip.   
The Grand Canal, Venice.  

"Whatever your hands find to do,

you must do with all your heart".   

                                           John Hiatt

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