I use weathered materials because I love them. Scratches, dents, faded paint, and rust tell a story, and document the passage of time.
I have spent a good deal of time fixing up faded, rusty old trucks and machines. There would inevitably come a time when some of them weren’t worth fixing any more, but I felt they still had a presence and a soul. It was sad to haul them to the scrap yard. Now, I use art to preserve the memory of some of these forgotten things, even if only in small pieces.
My primary material is vintage automobile body panels. I also use appliance skins, signs, and other bits if they catch my interest. The colors are as I obtained them, rarely do I paint anything. I collect materials from auto wrecking yards, metal scrap yards, side of the road, and anywhere else an opportunity presents itself. I’ve been collecting metal materials for over a decade, and small objects for most of my life. Emblems and badges from bygone automobiles, appliances, and machinery are of particular interest to me. I like their message, detail, typography, and thought for design.
I don’t view my art as repurposing or recycling. I am more interested in preserving the material as a representation of what it was. In the farming community where I grew up, folks didn’t repurpose something because they thought it was cool, they did it because it was what they had. Inadvertently, something wonderful was created by cobbling together pieces that did not necessarily belong together. I try to emulate that concept during the production of my pieces.
I am known for my maps, and I make other pieces such as shadow boxes, signs, and abstract forms. Sometimes a piece of material tells me what it wants to be and I go from there.
I like maps as an art form as they quickly give the viewer a sense of place. The material used for each state, or region, is different. I let shape, contrast, and colors of materials drive my choices. Occasionally, I find a piece of material that specifically represents a state or region, and I’ll use it there. Given the materials I use, no piece is the same.
There are no Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) or Computer Aided Design (CAD) machines in my shop. All of my pieces are initially designed with paper and pencil. I cut, form, bend, machine, etc. with an astounding array of tools.
Thank you for taking the time to view my work. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy making them.