Following a professional scientific career at Exxon Chemical Company, he felt that in his scientific work he lacked balance in his life and decided to work on the more artistic and spiritual side to balance the intellectual side. He was intrigued by the artistic potential of glass as a sculptural medium. Using the knowledge he had acquired from 69 years of glassblowing, he was attracted to the ethereal, spiritual and optical qualities of glass in the artistic form. He interprets shapes from nature, such as floral, animal, marine, mythical and human in traditional and contemporary styles. The use of glass in combination with other media such as stone, wood or metal particularly is his longer range goal. His stone work is both traditional and contemporary, looking at common or unusual subjects in a different way or with a unique view.
Education: Much of my glassblowing is self- taught. I also did study at the University of North Carolina under a glassblower, Dana Samson, who was president of the Southern Glassblowers Association. I studied for two years at the Urban Glass Studio [New York Experimental Glass Workshop] working in traditional furnace glass blowing, cold working and neon art. I also have taken four two week courses at Corning, NY at the Corning Glass Museum Glass Studio in advanced flameworking. with Sally Prasch, Emilio Santini, Eric Goldschmidt, Shane Fero and Fred Birkhill. Lately he has studied with Lucio Bubacco of Murano, Italy. I studied stone sculpture for seventeen years with Gladys Reimers, a well - known local sculptress with 30 years of experience and over 100 awards and many honors.
Exhibitions: I have exhibited my work at the Eugenie Gallery in Scotch Plains, the Everhart Gallery in Basking Ridge, the Palmer Museum in Springfield [in a two man show with a Japanese painter], The Papermill Playhouse, Maccullough Hall in Morristown, the Somerset Art Association in Pluckemin the Madison, Mountainside and Basking Ridge Libraries. I have been in shows with the Millburn Short Hills Art Center, Somerset Art Association, the Les Malemut Gallery, the Clark Art Association, the Scotch Plains/Fanwood Art Association, the Reeves Reed Arboretum, The New Jersey Visual Arts Center and the Westfield Art Association and the Watchung Art Center. I had two shows at Haverford College in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. I also have given many demonstrations of flameworking to local organizations, churches, temples and schools.
Affiliations: I am a member of the Somerset Art Association, the Millburn Short Hills Art Center, the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, The Union County Arts Association, The International Sculpture Center and the Westfield Art Association for 17 years, where I served as Treasurer and President. I was member and treasurer of the Contemporary Art Group for seven years. I am a charter member of the International Glass Museum in Tacoma, Washington and a member of the Friends of Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ. and the Corning Glass Museum.