I was born in Eugene, Oregon, November 17, 1969, and raised by 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. My wife, Renee Mahni is also a sculptor and we live with several cats, 4 rabbits, a 2 mini-pigs named Piggert and Boris (who go to the studio with us every day). I spend as much time as possible at the studio welding, working, and laughing.