I am an educator by trade -- math teacher,then principal, and now district curriculum coordinator. I have been an administrator in rural, suburban, and urban schools for 15 years, and taught mathematics and statistics to both highly challenged and highly advanced students at several schools over eight years. I came to teaching after stints as a tool design engineer (eight years, three companies) and a fine arts student at Kendall College of Art and Design. I have also presented and published academic research on the development of teachers and administrators, and have taught mold making for sculptors at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
I have been toying with sculpting for 28 years, but only taking it seriously for the past 20 years. Prior to that, my wife Anne and I had been apartment hopping from city to city (from Kalamazoo, to Miami, FL, to Madison, WI, and then to Battle Creek). In our apartments I didn’t have a place I could get and leave dirty, and this really constrained my creativity. When we purchased our first home in Battle Creek, MI, in 1998, I created a studio in the basement and that is when I started to develop as an artist. I was truly surprised at the impact of just having the right space solely dedicated to making art. Now that we live in rural Marshall, MI, and I have a small but adequate barn for a studio, which makes even greater creativity and production possible. And because we live in the country, I can fire up my bronze foundry (which I designed and built with the help of friends and family) in the backyard whenever it is that time in the process. What a difference place, space, and resources can make!
My wife and three children have helped me understand the need for balance in my life, and the central part that art plays in that balance for me and our family.