Artist Bio – Where will life take you?

I have read how artists start their journey as toddlers, learning to play the violin or paint at 2 or 3 years old … so I thought about this… the truth is that I was fortunate to grow up  next to the Warren Dunes on Lake Michigan. I spent a lot of time on the beach building sandcastles or playing in the dirt roads where there was plenty of mud after it rained. Basically the same material I use now.  Was it the beginning of an art career?

My father was an inventor & a  photographer. My Step Father owned three motion picture film labs. My mother was a past president of the Chicago Models Association. My grandfather, Karl Jung was a heart surgeon & owned Surgeon’s General Hospital in Chicago.  Clarence Platt my maternal grandfather was a missionary to the Navajo’s and was the community pastor in Harbert Michigan where he helped raise this crazy artist who just wanted to do his own thing..  on the beach!

To capture beauty you need to play in the mud.

Art crept into my soul while my father and I photographed the Chicago Art Institute’s Surrealism and Impressionism wings in 3-D.  Flashbacks of his lectures on how his fellow photographers Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz brought this new French art movement to the US and how important it would become to the world in my lifetime still haunt me!

Now, I share an eternal connection with those who have lived before – to beauty, to aesthetics and to the human form in sculpture.  

Now, It is my passion to bring today’s art world into that eternal nexus.. to see that ART is really an all encompassing sensory experience that God gave us to behold. ART is that unexplained ability we sometimes see in clairvoyants, mystics or psychics who are in touch with the eternal.   I spend weeks, sometimes months developing, finishing, molding, pouring sculpture creations.  Often it’s multi tasking with various procedures, molds have to dry for weeks and specialty chemicals can only be applied in the right conditions. It’s a challenge and it’s fun.

Where will life take you?

I have managed a motion picture laboratory and owned a photographic studio, I was a Hollywood talent manager, (Donna DErrico on right) a marketing director… a cab driver and limo driver but all that was a prelude … Osmosis helps but your eyes will deceive you… when you start using your hands your vision will clear. It was a profound awakening.

In 2001 I was the marketing director at a Las Vegas limousine company when the 9-11 event happened. Vegas came to a standstill.  I began creating sculptures full time. I started casting performers from “O”. I moved on to ballet dancers, a lot of showgirls & strippers, celebrities and actors. At first it was to make functional art, (lamps & tables) then quickly I started doing “fine art”, metal sculptures, some painted & collaborative work… I started designing my own equipment to do glass, ceramics, metal and mirror tile. Commissions came in and galleries wanted my sculptures but making them took a huge amount of space and time.  I needed to ramp up production.

The Beach & an Ocean of possibilities – Being able to hear or see or touch or taste art means shifting the way you process your senses. In 2007 I began to set up a production studio by the beach in Rosarito Mexico next to the Titanic set. There was gunfire every night as I worked outdoors in the studio and the drug wars got started. I literally dodged bullets but kept working…  Now, three years later I have been able to custom design and build equipment to be able to reproduce figurative life sizedsculptures in glass, metal and in ceramics.  Literally and figuratively – there are few limits or boundaries involved with what I can do in the studio.

I am surrounded with an ocean of possibilities and it feels like being home again.. in Harbert living my dreams, playing in the sand and the mud.. You never know where life will take you.

The business of art happens in the USA but production happens down by the ocean.

I have recently returned to Vegas where another studio awaits final completion. Once you bend light and glimpse the possibilities… my life has completely changed. Mexico did some of that and that sunlight by the ocean passing through the kiln glass.  There just are no words.