discovered an interest in steel sculpture in the early 1990's,
while watching the construction of the steel support structure
for the University of Virginia Hospital; the process of joining
I beams together fascinated me. So I took a course at the Charlottesville-Albemarle
Technical Education Center (CATEC) which taught the fundamentals
of welding, utilizing oxygen and acetylene, arc, tig and mig welders.
For my final grade, I built a stick figure of a man doing a tango-like
dance, using rebar. It was so exciting to finish this piece that
I bought the necessities to continue on my own. Now I have a studio,
AC and AC/DC arc welders, and other cutting and grinding equipment.
1998 the Charlottesville, VA Daily Progress newspaper included
an article outlining my work in sculpture. In February 2001 my
piece Hip Biomechanics was shown in an exhibition sponsored by
the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery in San Francisco. In
April ³Hip Biomechanics² was shown in a similar exhibition in
was inspired by my competing in several near by mini-triathlons
and originally completed in 1997. After display at two local businesses
I modified it by smoothing uneven surfaces with epoxy. It then
spent over a year at the Ivy Nursery. In preparation for display
in the Art-In-Place exhibition a friend who does autobody repair
and with whom I have collaborated on other projects, Herman Johnson,
repainted it. It is meant to show a cyclist making a banking turn."