Look at that vain bastard up there...
I have been creating strange art for most of my adult life; whether it’s a fully poseable copper wire monster with dragon wings and sharp teeth or a surreal, digitally manipulated photograph, I thrive on making the world a stranger place.
It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, toiling away my days at an electric motor repair shop in Southern Oregon, that I began creating sculptures out of scrap copper wire in my spare time. After a couple years of sculpture as a hobby, creating various things such as trees, scorpions, spiders and weird creatures, I began to see my potential as an artist when I was encouraged by friends, family, and complete strangers to try to sell my art to the public. In 2009, I moved from Southern Oregon to Portland to attend PCC and try to carve out a niche for myself in the Portland art scene. I began vending regularly at Last Thursday on Alberta Street during the warm seasons and other art events in the Portland-Metro area whenever possible.
Traditionally, my wire sculptures are made from 100% copper wire. Recently however, I have been creating what I like to call “wire hybrids,” which are sculptures made from copper wire and non-wire materials (such as clock parts or doll limbs). Although wire sculpture is my preferred medium, I also enjoy working with other forms of art, such as assemblage, digital photography and Photoshop manipulations.