“I’ve been building things my whole life. Always encouraged to repair rather than replace, I became mechanically inclined at a young age. Born with an allergy to text and a youth filled with the great outdoors, I have always gravitated towards shape, sound and movement.
I was first drawn to metal by my grandfather, the pipe-fitter. Intrigued by his metal finesse, and surrounded by his many projects, I was lured in. Staring at the fire, and witnessing the magic as the molten metal danced around him has indelibly burnt itself into me.
Following in his footsteps, I was fortunate to serve my apprenticeship in a large pipe fabrication shop and spent years as a pipe-fitter. The ease at which large pieces of metal could be formed into limitless objects fascinated me, and the metal soon became an affliction. These years of metal fabrication gave me a firm grasp of steel. I unfortunately found the conventional uses littered with boundaries.
Urged to apply my metalworking skills to art, I produced my first sculpture. This new found form of expression was exhilarating. I had stumbled onto the creative freedom that I was searching for. Having now spent the better part of my life working with steel, I am incurably hooked. It’s strength and versatility afford me the liberty to take a piece in almost any direction”.