I was born and raised in a very small western Pennsylvania coal town in the early 1940s. Polish, Italian and Serbian emigrants formed a small closed community working in the mines, raising a family and living out our lives there. The floors in the kitchen were usually dirt. I was raised in a very close knit family in a small community. This upbringing formed my simplistic nature which is still reflected in my art.
I attended Penn State University from 1960 to 1965 but did not find a major until 1964 when I discovered art. At this time I became aware of my direction to create three dimensional art both in painting and sculpture. In 1965 I transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute and received my BFA in sculpture. In 1967 I started graduate school at the institute but became a flower child in San Francisco and wore “flowers in my hair”. After exploring the counter culture to its limit I became a minister.
After retirement from the ministry my interest and gift in art was revitalized and I started attending classes and doing studio work. My work tends to blend hard edge and organic forms with a touch of mystery in drawing and sculpture. When I am not applying my energies to sculpture I enjoy charcoal and ink drawing. I particularly like the human form and generally show it in my work and on display at Gallery 360.