I've been an artist since my earliest days in rural Arkansas, creating and leaving a legacy of my work in several locations. Through formal training and self-initiated searching, I've experimented with a variety of media including wood, metal, stone, pastels, acrylic and oil painting. My work is strongly influenced by my education at Washington University in St. Louis where I received a Master of Architecture degree in 1967.
For the 20 years after graduation, I mainly pursued a career as a city planner in St. Louis and San Francisco. In both cities, I played a key role in formulating strategies for economic, social and physical development policies. At the same time, however, I was also pulled by the desire to create. I expressed those desires through periodic sculpting or painting binges or building things. In St. Louis, my desire to build and create was fulfilled by renovating real estate. In San Francisco, it was designing and building my own hilltop home.
By my forties, I had achieved my dreams of a house on a hill and a successful career as a planner. However, the experience of designing and building my own home proved to be transitional for me. The visions of my future changed as I started designing and making furniture for the house. I began experimenting with layering techniques drawn from my planning experience working with topographic maps and models. And I found to my amazement that the work I was creating had some substance and originality that was eliciting a very positive response.
In 1990, I moved to the Palm Springs area seeking a scaled-down lifestyle, warmer climate and larger workspace to create. I found a classic 1961 midcentury modern house in the Cathedral City Cove neighborhood that I bought and converted the garage into a sculpture studio. I refined my techniques of laminating forms, experimented with different material and finishes and explored the visual and structural possibilities of lamination through a series of abstract forms. I started a series of life-size human sculptures, including my signature work "Rob" which helped me
In recent years, I've begun producing limited edition series of selected designs employing templates that enable me to more easily produce replications of the original design. Each item produced is handmade, numbered, dated and signed. I also continue to produce unique, one-of-a-kind sculptures, often at a much larger scale, and I occasionally create painted works to see how color affects the form.
express the beauty of natural wood. I experimented with form and structure for functional art works such as chairs, tables, bowls and hats. And I created a series of client-commissioned projects including sculptural installations, waterworks, garden structures and gates.
1967 Fulbright Fellowship, Arts & Crafts School, Oslo, Norway
1967 Master of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
1966 Bachelor of Architectural Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
1961 Jonesboro High School, Jonesboro, Arkansas
2017 - Present Simeon Den Gallery, Cathedral City, California
2016 - 18 Rebecca Fine Art gallery, Cathedral City, California
2015 Flower & Hewes, Malibu, California
2014 - 15 Artisans, Palm Springs, California
2012 - 14 Lightbender Art Studios, Palm Desert, California
2012 - 13 Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna, california
2011 - 12 20 First Modern Vintage & Furnishings, Palm Springs, California
2011 - 12 Pierce Modern Gallery, Paso Robles, California
2010 - 12 Howard Schepp Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, California
2006 - 08 Venare Gallery, West Hollywood, California
2005 - 08 Ashland Hardwood Gallery, Ashland, Oregon
2000 Galaxy Gallery, Palm Springs, California
1991 - 92 LA Art Association Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1991 - 92 Kirvan/Bartoszewicz Gallery, Palm Springs, California
1989 Architects & Heros, San Francisco, California
2017 SPECTRUM, Indian Wells, California
2017 Cathedral City LGBTQ Group Show, Cathedral City, California
2016 Bolero Unveiling, Flower & Hewes, Malibu, California
2016 Modernism Kick-Off, Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, Cathedral City, California
2014 Body Language, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California
2010 Atrium Art Show, Rancho Mirage, California
2009 Cathedral City Artists Group Show, Cathedral City, California
1992 Association Members Group Show, LA Art Association Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1992 Artists Group Show, Kirvan/Bartoszewicz Gallery, Palm Springs, California
1989 Robert E Reeves Sculptor Show, Architects & Heros, San Francisco, California