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Meet the Artist

I've always been a creator that is curious and I enjoy making sculptures out of primarily weathered steel, then add in vibrant colors, some unexpected materials and movement.

 

My formal education is from Iowa State University in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture (class of 1985). As a Registered Professional Landscape Architect, I continue to take courses that appeal to my artistic pursuits and also keep me aware of current trends and practices in the Landscape Architect world. 

 

I design, build and install sculptures for public art walks, private and community gardens, entry features, parks, churches, municipalities, and schools. I also enjoy working with private clients to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their homes and/or businesses.

 

Medium

I prefer to use materials that are long lasting and weather naturally without needing a lot of maintenance or care like weathered steel, painted steel, brushed aluminum, and stainless steel. I also like to use fluorescent plexiglass to add color and light to my sculptures and have incorporated LED lighting when appropriate into some pieces. I craft all of my sculptures myself in my full-scale fabrication studio and workshop. 

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Inspiration

My inspiration comes from my professional training in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and sometimes ideas sparked by current events, a recent ski trip or something interesting that I read or listened to can creep into my designs in unexpected ways. 

 

To foster sustainability, I strive to incorporate recycled metals and repurposed materials when practical. 

 

My sculptures are designed and constructed to be stout, long term installations with little or no maintenance needed. 

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Education and Professional Affiliations

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, IA

B.S. Landscape Architecture, 1985

 

PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

Registered in Iowa

 

IOWA CERTIFIED NURSERY PROFESSIONAL

 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL EXAMINERS BOARD MEMBER

State of Iowa, appointed by Governor