Media: Sculptures, Metal, Wood, 3-D Wall Art
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Don is a self-taught artist applying a lifetime of skills and experiences to an inventive imagination to create unique art using reclaimed materials. In the early 1970s at 12 years old he was creating and selling rock and driftwood sculptures and hand-painted images on three dimensional media. He had a passion for art and industrial art courses that encouraged creativity using a variety of materials. After graduating from a welding and metal fabrication program he began dabbling in metal sculptures, but eventually left art behind to pursue various careers while living in Wisconsin, California, and briefly in Montana with Laura, his wife of 40 years.
Although Don applied his skills to restoring classic vehicles, remodeling, and occasional art projects, he mainly worked as an IT professional in the Chippewa Valley. He eventually obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Technical Education from UW-Stout, and recently retired as a Senior Lecturer from UW-Eau Claire to work full time as an artist creating sculptures and wall art in addition to functional art such as lighting, tables, and timepieces.
Personal Art Perspective
You just can not duplicate the texture and feel of well-used time-worn vintage reclaimed iron, steel, and wood, so sculpting in that media is my passion. However, I enjoy incorporating stained glass and other materials into my work to compliment and offer a unique balance to older materials.
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