For the most part
I am a self taught artist. I do some "mainstream" art such as portraits, wildlife, murals and on rare occasions
museum work. In my 25+ years of earning I've worked as a designer of stained glass and sand blasted glass carving/etchings,
illustration, art director for a props company, museum replica's and now I'm "freelance" once again. I also have
done airbrush work on leather or what have you plus custom design and sculpture work in the craft model industry.
I'm often asked why I now choose to work with real animal & human skulls and bones? No...I'm not some demented
serial killer! I feel as if I were keeping with a ancient time honored tradition. From Prehistoric Man to the Mayans and Egyptian
people beautiful displays have been made from Real Bone meant for display. I could go on about the catacombs of Paris to the
Buddhist Monks of Tibet.
Artists are now incorporating ashes of missed loved
ones into one of a kind art glass and ceramic pieces. Another artist is mixing ash of the cremated into paints used in beautiful
art for bereaved families. Again...I could go on and on.
For my part I was
lucky enough to be brought up with great parents who helped in my understanding of life, death and anatomy whilst still having
a deep reverence for what has passed. My dad is a hunter who often found odd animal skulls and skeletons in the woods for
me to marvel over and study and in turn learn with respect. I myself never liked hunting and am not thrilled with the sight
of real blood. Truth be told I can't really sit through a bloody horror movie.
if your reading this and are some kind of Religious Zealot then why are you here? If my art offends then please leave. I in
no way mean to offend anyone! From the Catholic Saint Icons and the Holy Crusades to the many museums of Medical Freaks and
Oddities there are always going to be art like mine and people who collect them. People are fascinated by death...its just
part of life.
In case your wondering...I myself buy my skulls, skeletons,
etc as specimens used for art, medical and dental guides purchased from several on-line stores, auctions and local antique
and estate sales. I really am trying to make these last remains into hopefully beautiful one of a kind art examples. As for
the animal parts, skulls, etc I use...some are the by product of either hunting or the skin trade of which I'm not too thrilled
with but feel that at least I'm using parts that might go to waste otherwise. Some of the weirder creatures used for a few
of my creations are from liscenced dealers/breeders or wildlife petting zoo's, etc and all are natural deaths and I do not
encourage killing anything living just to make something from it. NOTHING is illegal or endangered!
Now that you know a small fraction about me and my craft please check it out.
Thanks for your time! Rick