How Do Commissions Work?

I get a lot of people asking about how, exactly, commissions work. So here are the ins and outs and a few tips about commission me and other artists to do work! It all starts with a sketch I cannot speak to the process used by other artists, but for me it almost always startsContinue reading “How Do Commissions Work?”

Be a Patron!

Patreon is an amazing way for people to earn their livings as independent artists. For hundreds of years artists have thrived on the patronage of their communities and Patreon is a modern day continuation of that integral process. is a website for artists to achieve their goals through gaining and maintaining a regular monthlyContinue reading “Be a Patron!”

Idol Statue for Sale at Artforms in Perrysburg

I just got this back from the President’s Suite Award Exhibition and and it is now living in Artforms, A Perrysburg Gallery waiting for its forever home. I had such a great time making this statue. And I can’t wait for someone to love it as much as I do. Idol Tennessee marble, limestone 13Continue reading “Idol Statue for Sale at Artforms in Perrysburg”

Combining Passions

I have always had more passions than time in a day. So whenever I find a way to combine my passions into a single project I get really excited. With this project I get to meld my love of metals with my joy of making comics, which has me really excited! The process for thisContinue reading “Combining Passions”

The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes

The semester is winding down its last week and like most college students at the end of semester when projects are due, I’ve been busy!  Today I finished not one, but two projects.  One, the Honey Bee Box from the beginning of semester, shined up beautifully! There are fifteen individual layers in the lid. AndContinue reading “The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes”

Summer Carving Intensive Part 5: The Final Week

It’s the end of my summer class and it was fantastic!  There’s nothing better (or at least very little better, in my opinion) than spending summer mornings outside carving stone.  No, as you can see, I did not finish the sculpture.  But I still accomplished a lot in six weeks!  The block of stone lookedContinue reading “Summer Carving Intensive Part 5: The Final Week”

Summer Carving Intensive Part 4: Plight of the Inspiration Junky

You have an idea.  And it is brilliant.  In fact, it’s probably the best idea you’ve ever had.  You spin out a sketch in five minutes, grab all the supplies you’ll need and, powered by excitement and confidence, plunge into the project like a whirlwind of productivity. Then the novelty is worn away by the daily tediumContinue reading “Summer Carving Intensive Part 4: Plight of the Inspiration Junky”

Summer Stone Carving Intensive Part 3: A Carver’s Zen

I’ve come to a realization during the last three weeks of this class:  Carving is my favorite therapy.  Let’s face it, life can be down right frustrating even when it doesn’t seem impossible.  But carving, for me, is like meditation.  It’s a step back to focus on something simpler, more immediate, and more concrete.  I mean,Continue reading “Summer Stone Carving Intensive Part 3: A Carver’s Zen”

Summer Carving Intensive Part 2: Ah! I Cleaved! Combating a Carver’s Biggest Fear

You’ve seen it in cartoons.  The sculptor takes the chisel and hammer to the nearly finished statue of David and, chink, off slides half of David’s face!  (And a dejected Michelangelo crawls into a corner for a good, long cry.) I mean, you spend months – or longer – working on a sculpture and it could beContinue reading “Summer Carving Intensive Part 2: Ah! I Cleaved! Combating a Carver’s Biggest Fear”

How to Make a Summer Intensive More Intense

1. Come up with an idea that is too awesome to throw out This is usually my first problem in any art class.  I start sketching, fall in love with the idea (which is often a good idea if the time-frame to complete the project was a year–in this class I have six weeks) andContinue reading “How to Make a Summer Intensive More Intense”