I was one of those kids who never stopped drawing after kindergarten. I attended the University of Illinois from 1966 to 1970 as a fine arts major and attended art classes at California State University in 1972 and apprenticed with goldsmith Carla Boyle from 1973 to 1974.
For the last 30 years I have been self-employed as a goldsmith and sculptor. My work is in collections throughout the United States, including jewelry pieces made for pianist Peter Kater, singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, and ski film pioneer Warren Miller.
In conjunction with John Haertling Studios (haertling.com) in Boulder, I sculpted several bronze portions of awards for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Copies of these awards were given to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
Awards & Exhibitions:
- Land Through the Lens photography exhibit 2019, sponsored by Boulder County Open Space
- “The Hive” was exhibited in the EcoCreations Seven juried show at Arts Longmont Gallery in April 2016.
- “Tango” was in the Boulder County Locals exhibit at Bricolage Gallery in Boulder, Colorado, in March and April 2016.
- Phoenix Multisport fundraising art auction 2014.
- “Venus, Recycled” was awarded an honorable mention in the 2011 Eco-Creations show of the Longmont Council of the Arts.
- “Medusa” took second at the Eco-Creations 2010 show in Longmont, Colorado.
- “The Wedding,” was accepted into a juried art show, “Pleasurable Obsessions,” at the Lakewood Fine Arts Center in Denver in 2003.
- Gilpin County Arts Association, juried exhibit, 1999
- Solo exhibit of painting and sculpture, UC Berkeley, 1973
- CU Boulder, permanent outdoor sculpture installation (in conjunction with Haertling Awards)
- Juror for the annual Congressional High School Arts Competition in 2009
I realized a life-long dream when I visited the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell’Accademia and other museums in Florence and Venice, Italy. During a recent trip to NYC I walked among the greats at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, the Whitney, and MOMA.
Environmentally Conscious Jewelry
- My casting gold supplier, Hoover & Strong, has started the Harmony Metals program, using 100% recycled gold in all their alloys. They also have stringent environmental and humanitarian qualifications for the newly mined gold that they still use. Their refining system meets or exceeds all federal standards, produces fewer waste products, and they treat all wastewater on site.
- My silver supplier, United Precious Metals, also follows stringent environmental qualifications.
- 100% of the electricity I use in my studio comes from solar power supplied by Xcel Energy’s Renewable Connect program. All lighting is either by fluorescent, CFL, or LED bulbs.
- I was named Volunteer Conservationist of the Year in 2002 by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club.
- In the “lost wax” casting process, I use a steam dewaxer before the wax burnout cycle, significantly lowering emissions.
- My casting and soldering torches have been converted from acetylene to cleaner burning propane.
- All business paper waste is recycled.
For more information, visit the No Dirty Gold website.