Born 1956 near Portsmouth, England.Worked as a gardener for Portsmouth Parks Dept for 11 years prior to attending college full time. Between receiving my BA and starting my MFA I was a resident artist at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. I now live in the Philadelphia area.I have worked almost exclusively with brick since 1986. While studying for my BA in ceramics, I knew I wanted to make sculpture, brick solved some problems I had with scale and site normally associated with the medium.Influences vary, Gaudi, an obvious one, but mainly its the medium itself. I see it as an architypal symbol, the unequivical rigid form we can all identify with, yet it is formed from the earth's most amorphous substance. This core idea provides me with a wealth of inspiration.Although I have been in a good many exhibitions, I consider my permanent sculptural commissions to be the more important work.
Commissions (selected)2011 "Seating Spheres" Philadelphia Magic Gardens 2009 "Memory Wall", "Human Landscape Fireplace" William & Lisa Roskens, Nashville NE, 2008 "Human Landscape" Northrup Design, Lincoln NE "Art Area" Dimensions Learing Research Foundation, Lincoln NE2006 "Etherial Wall" Hilda Raz, Lincoln, NE "Here" Dr. Sanford Grossbart, Lincoln NE2005 "Haverstraw Trophy" Haverstraw Bay Park, NY"Silo" William & Lisa Roskens, Nashville NE2004 "Brick Transition" Dakota State University, Madison SD2001 "Spring Valley Terms" Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas TX"Yoke" Dr. Sanford Grossbart1999 "Tide Clock" Community Redevelopment Agency, New Smyna Beach FL"Seven Herms" Near South Park, Lincoln NE"Librating Bench" Dr. Robert Synhorst, Lincoln NE1994-8 "Keraunos Wall Extension" David Klarner, Lincoln NE1997 "Cer" Near South Park Lincoln NEExhibitions in brief2011 "Another Nebraska" Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, 2010 "Hidden Identities" Goucher College, Baltimore MD, 2001 "RSVP" Invitational, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney NE1998"International Ceramics Public Art Exhibition" Ceramic Museum of Taipei County, Cultural Center, Taiwan1995 "Centrepiece, Philadelphia Flower Show"1993 "Topeka Competition 17" Topeka KS"Solo Show" Surya Gallery, Lincoln NE1991 "Feats of Clay" Gadding McBean & Co, Lincoln California1990 "28th Ceramic National Exhibition" Everson Museum, Syracuse NY"Organic Rigidity" Solo Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA1989 "American Clay Artists" First Prize, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia PAIn addition I have been shortlisted for many public art competitions, most notablly for a commission for Philadelphia Airport.,…Read More
MFA Ceramics, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1993
BA Ceramics & 3D Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1988