I have won first place awards in national and international art competitions for my unusual metalwork. I exhibited my jewelry and wall sculpture in galleries around the world including Great Britain, South Korea, Japan and Germany. Vogue Magazine commissioned me to design bracelets. My first wallpiece "Winterplanes" was selected by the Smithsonian for the Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian Magazine along with numerous other periodicals, newspapers and international publications, Ornament magazine, Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft magazine featured my metalwork. Public and private collectors, galleries and interior designers commissioned my wall work. With eighty galleries and stores worldwide selling my jewelry, from Colorado ski resorts, Ceasar's Palace and the New York Holography museum to Neiman Marcus Department Store, my career bloomed.
My first Master's degree I earned from the University of Iowa where I focused on coloring "exotic" metals, specifically creating thin-film interference colors on reactive metals, titanium, niobium and tantalum. My second Masters, a Masters in Fine Arts degree I earned in holography and reactive metals. I was distinguished by being the first student in the history of the University of Iowa to graduate with honors from their School of Art and Art History. After graduating I taught metalsmithing at Iowa State University, University of Iowa and Dordt college before moving to Los Angeles, California. Three weeks later I received a contract from Disney studios to do jewelry for Disneyland. Soon after, I began my career with Star Trek, A fun job, creating wall sculpture for the television show. I produced numerous art pieces for the ships in all three Star Trek series, Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise. My art also appeared in Star Trek's video games and in the feature film Star Trek Insurrection.
I am inspired working with reactive metals. With titanium, tantalum and niobium I have discovered the best of two worlds, the beauty of an intense painterly pallet and a tactile sense derived from working with metal.