I was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. I began making art in 1988. My pieces have been in galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Columbus and Los Angeles. In 1993, I co-founded the still thriving Town and Country Fine Art Gallery in Kettering, Ohio.


Art, for me, is about playing -- it's just an extension of building and creating with Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys, the same as when I was five years old. Maturing is great but growing up is highly overrated! My pieces are all made out of wood but sometimes finished to resemble metal. 


I have no idea what artists I may have been influenced by. Some people have called my work funky and tribal and that's great with me. I'd rather be influenced by Motown than any visual artist. It's important to have great influences, though. For veganism and health, my influence is Dr. John McDougall. For animal rights, it's Professor Tom Regan. For the way I see the world in general, it's Karl Marx.


"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. It will be lost! The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other people's expressions. It is your business to let what is inside of you be expressed." -- Martha Graham

"This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men… re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem." -- Walt Whitman 


"All that is best in me I have given to animals, and I mean to stand by them to the last and share their fate whatever it may be. If it is true that there is to be no haven of rest for them when their sufferings here are at an end, I, for one, am not going to bargain for any heaven for myself. I shall go without fear where they go, and by the side of my brothers and sisters from forests and fields, from skies and seas, lie down in merciful extinction in their mysterious underworld, safe from further torments." -- 

Dr. Axel Munthe 

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