Living trees have souls, and the soul of the tree shows up in every detail of its wood. I believe that when the soul of the tree comes together with the spirit of the artist, something meaningful is created. I work with wood as my main medium because I have a deep connection to the material and the process.
Most recently I created a series of wall sculptures using wood and 24ct gold leaf to convey the concept of attraction, separation and inequality in out worlds monetary system.
My work as a sculptor is an intimate process of self discovery which I use as a practice for finding deeper meaning and self-understanding in life. I feel a sense of reverence and responsibility in each piece to honor the living material. My aim is to bring the deeper patterns and meanings within a tree to the surface of human consciousness.
It is my hope that the intimacy I feel with the wood is conveyed in each sculpture and that is creates a felt experience in the viewer. The practice of making art is my way of connecting to the people of the world. It’s my contribution of making the world a better place.
Education and Experience:
2015 -- Present, Maker and Artist, Self Employed, Rutherford Studio
2008 – 2014, Owner, Honoring Fallen Trees
2015 – 2016, Lead Craftsman, First Last & Always, Inc.
2015 – 2016, Lead Craftsman, Blank and Cables, Inc.
1999 – 2001, Apprenticeship with Ted Scherrer, Fine Furniture Maker, Bellingham, WA
2017 -- American Craft Council, San Francisco show
2016 – Pence Gallery (Davis, CA), Slice, juried exhibition
2013 – Pence Gallery (Davis, CA) , Slice, juried exhibition
2011 – William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA) juried exhibition
Artwood Gallery, Bellingham, WA
Panache Gallery, Mendocino, CA