of my career has been working with children in both public
and private schools. I am recently retired as the
Director of Special Education in the Dallas School District.
My art career began about 3 and 1/2 years ago when I was
asked to participate in a gallery show at Marquis Art and
Frame in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Prior to that time I had
dabbled in working with clay over a number of years.
The sculptural clay pieces that I create are often of
the trope l'oiel style. I have been influenced by the
style made popular by Marilyn Levine. Each sculptural
piece is unique; completely hand built and often has a
"quirky" appeal. I enjoy adding a touch of
realism by adding real objects to the sculpture, for
example, shoelaces in the sneakers. I enjoy creating
all types of every day objects such as shoes, bags, caps,
purses, and even underwear.
While I did not receive formal training, I did spend
time in the studios of Lori Kerrigan and Maria Livrone
learning the basic techniques of hand building. The
one constant throughout my art experience has been my wife,
Linda Keck, who advises and steers me through the creative
process. Being a talented artist in her own right, I
benefit daily from her advice and support.
I have had the opportunity to have numerous gallery
shows, and I have had my work juried into a number of art
events in Northeastern and Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania.