My forefathers were Smiths who pounded and shaped metal into tools and weapons. More recent ancestors turned from metal to wood and worked as carpenters after settling here in the new world. Those Smiths transformed rough-hewn lumber into housing, cabinets, furniture, trim, and more as they moved westward from Maryland to Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas.
In my life, I worked as a school teacher, a principal, and later an economic development director. But throughout those years my woodworking heritage called. Now, like my grandfather, great-grandfather, and ancestors before, I cut, shape, and create with wood. I found a way to meld that calling with a love of art and a strong recycling ethic. Now I create pictures using wood and recycled wood as my canvas and medium.
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" has been a mantra I have worked to follow throughout the years, and that is reflected in my wood wall art. Years of home projects left a virtual pile of wood I deemed just too good to discard. So, I applied imagination and creativity Two in-laws also willingly shared wood from their home workshops.