The progression of my work has been a continuous
blending of my educational experiences with my constant drive to
be creative. I received my BFA in painting and drawing from West
Virginia University in 1988 and went on to graduate school at James
Madison University receiving my MFA in sculpture in 1992. I then
taught sculpture and design at the college level at both James Madison
and the College of William and Mary. In 1989 I began blacksmithing
and have since worked and studied with the best blacksmiths in the
country learning traditional forging techniques and the importance
of preserving the rich history of this art form. Before opening
Freedom Metals, I also spent four years at a large architectural
metals company in Basalt, CO. as their head blacksmith learning
much about commercial blacksmithing and its architectural applications.
Now, as I have my own company whether I am drawing, designing, forging,
or creating a faux finish, I feel that my education in fine art
along with the experience I have gained in blacksmithing over the
last fifteen years has enabled me to be knowledgeable and versatile
in the way that I think about and approach my work.
a commitment to continuing education in blacksmithing I periodically
do demonstrations as well as, teaching a beginner-intermediate
blacksmithing course each summer, which is sponsored through Rocky
Mountain Smiths. If you are interested in taking a class in blacksmithing
or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.