There have been a few marked events that have shaped my career. Each has been a critical stepping stone on the sometimes painful, yet always beautiful, road to success and triumph.
There was the day in August of 2001 that I took a significant cut in pay to go and work in an art foundry in Springville, UT. I hoped that by doing so, I would gain the background education I would need to learn how to become a successful sculptor.
Then there was the day that I left working at the art foundry to move my wife and three children to Arkansas to build my own personal foundry, so that I could dedicate 100% of my work time on producing my own sculptures and fill up my galleries.
Then there was the fire on December 16, 2008 that destroyed my studio and most of the portfolio that I had created from the previous 7 years. I thought my career was over. However the support shown to us from friends family and the galleries through those dark and cold days of rebuilding seemed to put a desire in me beyond my own ambitions for success. I also wanted to be successful for all those that believed in my wife and I. I considered that any success I had from then into the future will also belong to them.
January 19, 2017,( ironically enough, the day before Donald Trump was inaugurated and started a new chapter in his life) was the last day of a one of my life's chapters. It was the last day that my angel father and I would cast bronze together, and closed the doors to that phase of my career. For 11 years he got dirty and sweated right along with me as we crafted raw bronze into fine art. I feel gratified in knowing that his hands were involved in the creation of things that will continue to positively touch others for many years to come. In my mind it is part of his legacy.
With so much that I wanted to get done in that last casting, we started early in the morning and worked straight into the obscurity of the night. As the darkness grew over the day, the vivid lights from the furnaces and melted bronze created such a scene of beauty. Likewise as I saw my 82 year old father helping me with my castings for the last time, I couldn't help but also feel emotional over the beauty of that scene.
Symbolically, as the sun set on our casting day, it also set on that phase of my career. I have now moved back to Utah to request the help of the art foundry that got me started 16 years ago. They will do my castings while I stay involved in much of the production process, but most importantly I will now have time to sculpt more and be able to personally meet many of my customers as I visit my representative galleries and attend art events of all kinds.
I'm exited for this new day to begin and will always remember fondly all those experiences, and people that enriched my life as my Arkasas chapter closes. A special thanks to my close friends and family that added to the beauty of the fabric of my life in Arkansas. Thank you to all those that have supported us in the past and to those that have received us with open arms.