born in Eugene, Oregon, November 17, 1969, and raised by the 2 incredible
parents, who allowed my younger brother Ryan and I a lot of freedom to explore our interests. We were given early access to tools, materials and a lot of unsupervised time. We built forts, roller coasters, skateboard ramps, moats, tunnels, etc. But with this freedom came high expectations - a premium was placed
on education and creativity when I was growing up. I have always drawn,
painted, sculpted - tried to make some sort of tangible record of my
experiences and impressions of the world around me. I received training
in drawing and painting at the University of Oregon, under Professor
Ron Graff and the late Professor Frank Okada, both renowned artists
and educators. In the early 1990's, I transitioned to sculptural works
as my main artistic output, focusing on direct welded steel work and
found object assemblages.
Currently, I live and work in Eugene. My studio, The Oblivion Factory, is located in industrial west Eugene, Oregon. I share a home with my beautiful wife, Melissa, and our 5 cats and mini-pig (who goes to the studio with me every day). I spend as much time as possible welding, working, and laughing. I am a deeply spiritual person, and believe in Oneness - the concept that all religions are correct and equal in their basic foundations. Many paths up the same mountain.