By the age of seven I knew I would become an artist. And in a high school ceramics class I'd found my form—not ceramics specifically, but sculpture, and I knew that I wanted to create on a larger scale. Sculpture allowed me to work with both hands, to build and to experience that third dimension, and I knew I'd tapped into something. After high school I walked into a welding shop and told the foreman that I would work for free if he'd teach me how to weld. He said yes and told me to show up the next morning in steel-toed boots and all-cotton clothing, as any trace of polyester would turn me into a match. After that summer apprenticeship I'd acquired the basics on how to weld and work with metal and I knew I had found my calling. I rented a warehouse space of my own and started my work. I continue to show in galleries and make pieces for private collections while working with designers, art consultants and developers. My wife and I maintain a studio and home in Elgin, a small Texas town just outside of Austin.