Started wanting to be an artist in fourth grade.
At fifteen worked with my Grandpa doing all kinds of construction related jobs.
After high school started doing construction related work.
Age twenty-six started my own contracting company and then a service company.
At thirty -five after an injury almost went bankrupt which enabled me to start my college education at DMACC. A drawing teacher there encouraged me to try for a scholarship at Drake University, which I got and started my studies there. With a major in studio arts, I also loaded up on courses at the business college as well.
Before even finishing at Drake I met some local artists and we worked together to make studios in the old building known as the BMS building.
While there a couple of us started what became Sticks Object Art and Sculpture. A few of our little pieces got featured in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine and things took off like crazy. We started doing shows all over the country sometimes twenty to thirty shows a year. From the East Hamptons, NY to Salsalito, CA or Minneapolis to New Orleans. While doing those shows we also started developing relationships with American Craft type galleries. Which started being the largest part of the business.
During my time at Sticks we grew to 150 artisans and built a beautiful 30,000 square foot building which we called our studio. We also did some very special installations like: restaurants, hospitals, businesses, universities and homes custom for whatever they needed or wanted. One of my favorites was a project to honor Christian Peterson at Iowa State university a 13 foot tall caricature mostly made with driftwood. Another was a huge bar mirror for a Mexican seafood restaurant that featured a eight foot driftwood swordfish.
I am now retired and have a small farm in southern Iowa. I mostly care for my wife who has a spinal cord injury but manage to create a few things now and then.