Artist Statement

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I love working in the medium of wood. Over the years I have made numerous pieces of furniture for my home and family, but my real passion is woodturning. The spinning wood and concentration involved are totally engrossing and extremely satisfying. Wood offers an endless array of grain, figure, color and texture that can be beautiful in its own right. While turning a form can bring out the beauty in wood, it is limited to circular forms by the mechanics of the lathe. To express ideas not possible by woodturning alone I often choose to enhance the process with carving, color and texture.
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I have always been fascinated by the sciences but especially enjoy reading about the latest in astronomy, physics and biology. Much of the inspiration in my work comes from my interest in the sciences and math. I find beauty in the more ordered mathematical forms as well as in the organic forms found in nature. Many of the forms and shapes that I have come across are unusual, but quite interesting. I find it a fulfilling challenge to translate some of these forms into pieces derived from turning.
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Juried into the AAW 2019 show Continuum for Space-Time
Juried into the AAW 2019 POP Traces for Miocene Memories
Juried into the AAW 2018 POP Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited for Mathematicians Treasure Box
Juried into the AAW 2017 POP The Sphere - Second Round
Invited to exhibit in the AAW 2016 POP “Patterns” show
Juried int the AAW show, “Merging” 6/2015 for Confluence
Juried into the Bridge Baltimore 2015 Math/Art Conference
Juried into the AAW show, Rising, 6/2014 for Euclid's Phenix
"Turning Twenty" Exhibition at the Messler Gallery in the Center for Woodworking Craftsmanship
Juried into the 2013 AAW show, "Currents" for Currents of the Cosmos
Juried into the "What is Beautiful" exhibit at SOFA Chicago sponsored by the Collectors of Wood Art
Sylvan Forms, exhibit at the Brattelboro Museum and Art Center, March-July 2012
Featured artist for delManoSmall Treaures “ show 2011
Juried into Maple Medley Acer Showcase for AAW symposium, 2010
Selected for Participation in AAW Rounding the Four Corners exhibit 2008
Profile feature in the Brittish publication, "Woodturning", Issue # 256

Rich Pagano Award (best in show) at Totally Turning, 2018
Master’s Choice Award for the best in the juried Rising show at the AAW symposium in Phoenix 2014
Rich Pagano Award (best in show) at Totally Turning for Euclid's Phenix
Second place in carving at Totally Turning for Fibonacci Birch
Awarded 2 Professional Excellence awards at Totally Turning/Showcse 2013 for "Currents of the Cosmos" and "Conic Inversion"
First place for bowls/vessels at Totally Turning/Showcase 2012
Professional Excellence Award at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2011
First Place for Bowls/Vessels at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2011
Rich Pagano Award (best in show) at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2009
First Place for segmented work at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2009
Third Place for faceplate work at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2009
2nd place in 2006 Woodcentral segmented turning contest

Work shown in Du merveilleux caché dans le quotidien, La Physique de l'elegance (The Wonderful hidden in the everyday, The Physics of Elegance) by Etienne Guyon.
Inside cover Gallery of American Woodturner, Feb 2017, Volume 32, #1
Work shown in Book on Radiolaria by Patrick DeWever, Merveilleux Microfossiles
Featured in American Art Collector, Nov 2014, Issue # 109
Featured Artist, Woodturning magazine #267 showcasing "Euclid's Phenix"
Thinking Outside the Hollow Form, American Woodturner, April 2014, vol 29, #2
Back cover of American Woodturner, Aug 2013 vol. 28 #4 featuring "Blowing Smoke"
Michael Foster, In Profile, Woodturning magazine, Aug 2013, #256
Featured in Profile article of the winter issue (105) Creative Wood, New
Featured in Woodturning Design “Designer’s Showcase” Fall 2010Every

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