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Early in my life I learned from my father and grandfather the value of working with your hands and the value of that connection between mind and hand that comes from actually making things.. To be able to produce something with your hands not only allows you to realize your creative vision, but also gives you a feeling of self-sufficiency.
Then a decade or so ago, I began to rekindle a passion for art of all kinds (left over from some explorations early in my life and some influence by my grandmother who was a well known painter in New Mexico. I began to carve wood and to draw again.
For about the last dozen years I have been carving, drawing and woodworking. My purpose has been to explore various art mediums. Especially those that complement one another. Like drawing and carving. There is no doubt that my passion is carving. But I find that I am intrigued by the exploration of light and shadows that graphite drawing provides.
I have had many lives in the last three or four decades that have included naval officer, private pilot, engineer and designer, deep sea diver and now artist. I can think of nothing more rewarding than to explore life and challenge myself through a life of art.