"Creating fresh contemporary stained glass through adaptive restorations and new reinterpretations of classical design elements."
The stained glass trade has been my primary employer over the past fifteen years. Most people who hear that assume it is a glamorous title. I do appreciate the opportunities I've had to design numerous projects and the ability to meet unique clients, and travel to places I would likely have not been otherwise. However, the truth is that it's hard work. My early studies at LSU were involved in design, graduating in 2003 bachelors in architecture. I have always had an interest in painting, and this has continued throughout the years. I try to keep a body of work going where I can curate a show annually. Yet stained glass has remained a constant source of work through the years, and I am grateful to have something which keeps me engaged in the studio life. That being said, the majority of the work can often seem more akin to the lifestyle of a carpenter. I've completed many restorations throughout the South. That can range from one or two piece repairs to full on rebuilds where a full set gets removed and fully reconditioned. Jobs like this don't allow you to claim a whole lot in terms of artisty, and I hate to take credit for the design work of others. Yet, I feel it is important to uphold the work of those before you worthy of recognition and repair. I hope to pay it forward as someday my original pieces might be cared for by the next generation as well. I do enjoy a design challenge, and seem to get unique requests from clients, In this way my glass portfolio may look somewhat ambiguous from a stylistic viewpoint. I've completed a small group of pedestal art pieces this past year which probably give a better sense of what I envision to bring in reality for future commissions. I would love the opportunity to make these ideas work in your space.