I was born in the forested suburbs of the Pascack Valley of northern New Jersey with a backyard that opened onto a fifty acre wetland. This enchanting area was only twenty miles from all that Manhattan had to offer. My father was a renowned mechanical engineer, my grandmother a painter and nature lover of the highest order, and my grandfather and master carpenter and woodworker. These influences figure heavily not only in my creative life, but my life in general. It is worth mentioning that my favorite toy when I was little was my grandfather’s 1930’s Millers Falls eggbeater hard drill. I loved nothing more than using it to drill holes in things – funny in retrospect I know.
Upon graduating high school, I attended Fordham University in New York City where I studied Finance and Art History. Studying in the city was invigorating, enlightening and challenging. An apparent byproduct of my art history minor and the dynamic culture surrounding me, I gravitated away from finance and more toward the arts during my studies, and after receiving my degree in Finance, I promptly put that to no use whatsoever by entering the publishing industry in Manhattan. For nearly two years after leaving Fordham, I spent much time in both the steel canyons of New York City and amid the hills, valleys and waterfalls of northeastern New Jersey (yes, they do exist). It was during this time that I began to closely relate the machines and intricate mechanical systems of my father’s designs which I grew up surrounded by, to the complex rhythms, structures and patterns I was discovering in nature.
I am a trail runner, and while running among deer and wild turkey in the hills and hollows of the New Jerseys Ramapo Mountain Range, I decided to return to college for further exploration of the arts and sciences. I attended the University of Maryland where I studied Mathematics, Engineering, Sculpture and Music. The interplay of these varied disciplines was revealing, inspiring, maddening and meditative. I also began traveling North America to devour the most intense offerings of the natural world I could find. I have since camped, run, hiked and mountaineered well over fifty units within the United States National Park system, with repeated stays in many. My stays in non-National Park units are somewhat countless.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in structural engineering and an overflowing fascination with science, the arts, nature and the patterns that bind them together. I was fortunate enough to practice engineering with some of the leading engineering firms in the Washington, DC metropolis; for the final six years of my career with one of the leading firms in the world working on such structures as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and National Museum of American History.
While working as an engineer, the sculptural mindset I had only begun to foster as a sculpture student grew and flourished upon the structures, connections, frames, tension and compression members, and rigid bodies and trusses I designed. I created my own sculptural works in my sculpture studio in the evenings and on weekends for years, but as I became more intrigued with structural engineering I became even more intrigued with sculpture. This continued until my desire to focus upon creating artwork eclipsed my desire to practice engineering and so; in the autumn of 2008, gazing into the abyss of the most questionable economic conditions since The Great Depression, I made a leap, and left an amazing engineering career to pursue my career as an artist full-time.
As risky as that was, I am beyond pleased to be making my living producing sculptural artworks using metals, hardwoods and plastics. In addition, as of 2017 I have begun exploring the realms of clay, stone and paper. I continue to travel to the remote and fascinating places of the earth to immerse myself in the wonders of nature and upon my return combine them in my studio with the science and mathematics which influence and shape the artwork I create.