I was a high school Physiology teacher and swim coach in Ventura, a small coastal town in central California for 40 years. I loved teaching science and if anyone had ever told me I would someday become an artist, I would have laughed. I think most of my family and friends would have laughed too. However, one day I walked past the art classroom and noticed they were working on stained glass projects. Being a "closet geologist", I was intrigued by how glass was being used to create art. I asked the teacher to teach me how to "do" stained glass and "voila" an artist was born.
I dabbled with stained glass for several years, usually making pieces that my wife Janice thought would be interesting projects.
At that point it was more of a hobby, but as retirement loomed I knew this was something I was good at and something I enjoyed.
I began to promote myself as an artist with a website and word of mouth referrals, and by the year 2001 when I retired, I had developed a name for myself as a stained glass artist. I now have clients all over the western United States. I have been written up in newspapers, magazines, and even won some awards for my work. I have also developed a reputation as a master repair artist for old pieces of stained glass such as tiffany lamps and vintage stained glass art.
In 2015, I relocated from Ventura, California to Prescott, Arizona. It is a beautiful part of the country and we love it here. When I am not traveling the world with Janice or playing golf, I can be found creating a piece of stunning stained glass art.
Welcome to my website and the beautiful world of stained glass art! Take your time, have a look, and then let me create an everlasting piece of stained glass art for you . . . . . . .
About my Work
All of my art is commissioned by my clients and all of my work is custom and original.
I work exclusively in leaded stained glass rather than copper foil. Leading requires more precision and skill, especially as the pieces of glass get smaller. I believe I am giving the client a finished product that is more beautiful and is a lasting piece of art. Leading adds beauty and strength to the art piece. I am very proud to say I have never had a disappointed client..
Over the years I have found that clients fall into two categories. They love the look of stained glass art and they know that it will bring beauty and value to a home or business for years to come, or they have a very personal and emotional reason for wanting the art created. It is a reflection of, or a reminder of something very meaningful to them.
My wife Janice is my design artist and she is incredibly talented at choosing colors and textures of glass to create a stunning piece of artwork. She has a true knack for understanding what the client wants and how to accomplish it with design and color.
When we first meet with a client Janice will take notes, make sketches, do some research if necessary, and take photos of the room and space where the art will reside. After the customer approves a sketch draft we send this to a specialized pattern maker on the east coast who creates a full sized pattern specifically designed for stained glass
Once the pattern is approved the real fun begins. Janice will guide customers in glass selection as it can be an overwhelming task - the colors, textures, mixtures of glass available is mind boggling. Janice has an incredible eye for "seeing" the finished product with each piece of glass chosen. She will painstakingly choose and place each pattern piece on the glass where she thinks it will have the most dramatic effect. Then my job begins - I will cut, chip, grind each piece of glass, and lead and solder sometimes more than 400 pieces of glass to create a single piece of art. It is an incredibly exciting and rewarding task and each creation is a labor of love.