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
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.
So 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.
Now that you know a small fraction about me and my craft please check it out.
Thanks for your time! Rick