"When I began my odyssey in glass in 1977 I had no idea where it would lead me. There was an intuition that I would enjoy the journey, and I have, traveling from stained glass to glass blowing to architectural glass to laminated glass sculpture, which I've been doing exclusively since 1987.
My degree is in philosophy, and my path in glass has been as an accidental artist. I've always loved sculpture but I had no idea I would become a sculptor. I've been inspired over the years by those I would eventually join as a peer, such as Jon Kuhn, Michael Taylor, and David Huchthausen. One would say I am in that school of laminated optical constructions. I've endeavored to chart my own direction with that in mind. I owe all thanks to my spiritual Master, Kirpal Singh, with whose instructions I meditate every day. Architecture has always been a draw for me and I see my pieces as three dimensional architectural drawings. At once you can see the interior and the exterior. Living in Greece for five years gave me an appreciation for the role of art in everyday life, as well as its timelessness. Archaeological ruins inspired my deconstructivist aesthetic. A couple of years in Taiwan gave me an appreciation for the East. These influences can be seen in the lettering/graphics I sandblast into the interior sections. Rice paper, gold leaf, and acrylic paints are fun to use as diffusers and visual blocks, with multiple layers of overlapping designs on the interiors of the sculptures. The mainstays of my work are optical crystals (leaded and non-leaded) as well as dichroic coated glass and pigmented adhesive. Hand working is a big factor. Each piece is shaped by hand, with secondary grinding, pre-polish and polishing to follow. I do use some machinery, especially for the flat surfaces. The shapes are timeless and usually simple, with accents of complexity. Each piece takes 6 weeks to complete and for me it's exciting to finish a piece and to see how it measures up to my concept that begins with inspiration, goes to a simple line drawing, and ends with a complex construction made more complex by reflection and refraction and the dance of light and color. I've lived and worked on four acres in rural central New Hampshire for 36 years. It seems a contradiction to create contemporary glass sculpture in a rural setting, but my life's experiences seem to emanate from these kinds of energies. My wife, Debbe Palmer, is my business partner."