2017 Commonwheel Labor Day Weekend Art Festival
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Art in some form has been part of my life since I was a small child. My grandfather was a master carpenter and he shared his creative spirit and love of sawdust with me at a very early age. In high school I took every art class that was offered along with wood shop and I explored various artful endeavors (quilting, silk-screening, printing press, sketching, painting, etc.) creating things for my home, family and friends. More recently I added acrylics and began producing colorful, 3D, themed pieces adorned with intricate scroll saw cutouts. Finding this artistic voice provided the focus, motivation and confidence to share my art with the outside world.
Most of my art pieces are built on recycled cigar boxes. I also try and use the recycled wood from the boxes to create the scroll saw cut images when possible. Technology is a big part of my life as well. I try to incorporate Bluetooth rechargeable speakers, motors, and LED lights with rechargeable batteries in some of my pieces to give them another unique facet, and make them functional at the same time.
I have always loved that art cannot be contained in a single plane. It seeps into the other dimensions of its own accord. So my vision was to transform a plain old cigar box into something vibrant and colorful, full of whimsy and sometimes darkness and, above all, depth. I accomplish this by applying layer-upon-colorful layer of intricate, acrylic-painted scroll saw cutouts giving the impression that the viewer is looking into another world. Some pieces also incorporate a functional, fourth dimension such as lighting, motors and rechargeable bluetooth speakers providing an interactive experience.
My wife (dd) and I moved to Woodland Park Colorado in late 2016 in order to pursue our love of nature, snowboarding, other outdoor activities, and most of all, to live in the forest. Above is a picture of us near our home in Woodland Park, as you can see, living in the forest ACCOMPLISHED!
2 Years prior to moving to Woodland Park, we visited Manitou Springs and walked into the Commonwheel Art Gallery. I told my wife "When we move here, I'm going to apply to this Artist Co-op and see if I can get accepted." I believe everything happens for a reason. I checked their website after settling in at our new home 2 years later and low and behold, the Co-Op was having a Mandala exhibit that visiting artists could apply for and be part of. The show was March / April of 2017. I met many of the artists that belong to the Co-op and was encouraged to apply for a 3-D artist opening. I applied immediately and was accepted into Commonwheel on April 11th of 2017. This has begun an amazing journey into the art world. We must try and create as much beauty as we can, with every living breath.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio, I hope you enjoy the art as much as I enjoy creating it.
I can also do custom pieces, so if you see something you like, but would like it with different colors, or images, please email me at the address listed below.
Please visit my newly updated website for more Art of mine that you won't find in Commonwheel including Stained Glass, Jewelry, and Kaleidoscopes!