I am very new at this “thing” called Art!! I have always had an urge, but never allowed myself the time to explore my more creative side. I dabbled in charcoals and pastels, but neither felt right in my hands.I grew up in the country surrounded with bits and pieces of farm implements and car parts, and it wasn’t unusual to see my dad working in his barn/shop most evenings repairing or building something. My father grew up on a dairy, and he is very industrious and built most of our house. An old tractor sits out back that he built from scratch where numerous remains of unused, rusted and worn-out parts still lay. “We may need this again someday” seemed to be his favorite quip, and turns out he was right! Taking these old tractor/farm/implements/industrial/automotive parts and creating a work of art would not be possible without my dad.Metal feels right in my hands, and the more rusty and weathered, the better! My goals is to preserve these vintage gears, harrows, chisels and weathered parts, and save them from the scrap yard by creating metal sculptures. The craftsmanship and original castings, used to produce these vintage parts is irreplaceable. Functionality is important to me, so my sculptures serve a dual purpose with the creation of the sculpture lamps using vintage rusty lanterns with a 20th Century twist.I do not know what direction my art will take having scratched the surface with unlimited possibilities for my future. However, with the opportunity to display my work at River Rustic Gallery, I feel free to explore all of my ideas. God has blessed me with a gift, and I am humbled to have this opportunity too share my gift with you.