When I was young I imagined myself living in the woods with a jeep, a boxer, and some kind of vague welding machine (because I didn’t actually know anything about welding machines…or welding for that matter). And then, somehow, I ended up as a banker. But now I find myself older… with an SUV, a border collie, a strange little black terrier, a cat, birds and a really awesome butane torch. And I live in the woods…in the mountains. Close enough! I’m not sure what I thought I was going to weld in my vision, but I must have known that eventually I’d fall in love with metal. After experimenting with painting, pottery, and a variety of other mediums, I started playing with copper and discovered that, in spite of what we think about metal as solid, rigid, and industrial, it is in fact lovely, malleable and friendly if you just know how to “talk” to it. That was about 10 years ago and I’ve been working with copper and mixed metals ever since. My creative inspiration is grounded in the idea that the greatest joys come from the simplest things. My pieces are, therefore, based on common things from nature that we tend to overlook and simple shapes that, when combined, make elegant statements.