Sterling silver & English Bridle Leather
18k Gold Bracelet
I grew up during the fifties and sixties on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 20 miles north of New York City. That area (Rockland County) was the artistic alternative to Westchester County, on the other side of the river. People in the arts wanting to live in the country and make their own homes gravitated to towns like Nyack or New City, or Palisades. I was lucky to have been exposed to so many creative people in my youth, and I think that I've always felt the artistic way of life is the most natural.
I started out wanting to be a writer. I went to Goddard College in Vermont during the early seventies and studied writing; also design and sculpture. As my senior study, I built a small house on a piece of land I'd bought for $1,200, and wrote an essay about the process.
After school I went on to build more houses and I continued to write, but in the end, returned to a process begun at college: welded steel sculpture, to which I devoted myself full time. The relationship and opposition posed between fine art and craft has been an ongoing engagement for me. Thus, a lot of my work crosses back and forth through the functional(furniture; design; accessories) to pure sculpture. The use of graphics, books and the written word in much of my work is a result of my passion for literature.
In the 1990's I was awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture, Bancomer and the Rockefeller Foundation. I helped to found the Cabras Project, an arts residency community in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Tivoli Artisits' Co-op in Tivoli, NY.
Recent projects include the Daniel Pearl Memorial for the Wall Street Journal at the World Financial Center in New York and installations at the Amtrack Station in Hudson, NY. I recently spent the winter in Rome and currently live and work in New Mexico while maintaining a studio in Tivoli, New York, on the banks of the Hudson River.