Due to suspected toxins in sculpture materials, I was forced to stop sculpting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Although dealing with it is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve faced, it’s also forced a fresh start for my work and helped me see it from a different and raw vantage point.
After my diagnosis, I created a children’s book with my wife, artist Lee Wilkinson, called I Saw a Mysterious Light and designed a series of stained - glass windows for St. Luke’s Church in Portland, Maine.
In 2006, Lee and I began working under the name Willow Urns to create a small line of high-end cremation urns, as well as custom memorial works. This project was fueled by our interest in, and enthusiasm about, making art as ceremonial objects.
More recently, I’ve started painting, which is something I’ve always done for myself. I love the freedom and mutability of the medium and find my work to be constantly evolving and in rhythm with the events in my life.
I live in Philadelphia with my wife Lee and son Joe. I graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts with a major in Sculpture. Following graduation, I exhibited at the PAFA Centennial Exhibition, F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia and Connors Rosato in New York City and Maine. During that time, I also taught sculpture at PAFA, Moore, as well as foundry at Temple’s Tyler School of Art.