My forefathers were Smiths, pounding and shaping metal into tools and weapons over hot fire and forge. As MY ancestors migrated to American, they turned from metal to wood and made their living as carpenters on the American frontier. Those Smiths transformed rough-hewn lumber into housing, cabinets, furniture, trim, and more as they moved westward from Virginia to Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas.
I earned paychecks as a school teacher, a principal, and an economic development director. But throughout, my heritage called. A passion for working with wood persisted. Now, like my grandfather, great-grandfather, and ancestors before, I cut, shape, and create with wood. I joined that passion with a love of art and a recycling ethic. I create pictures and art using wood and recycled wood as my canvas and medium.