How you started and how you got to where you are today. It all started when I was 19 years old in 1982 and had just moved to Glendale, Arizona. I was in a small apartment with no furniture, so I decided to build my own coffee table, dining table, chairs and entertainment center. Fast forward to 2015, a good friend, who is an executive chef in a local Italian restaurant, was kind enough to give me the restaurant’s empty wine bottles to repurpose. I began designing candle holders and centerpieces using the bottles, then I realized I needed a base. So, I began recovering logs from weathered down trees during monsoon season from individual homeowners and tree services. This allowed me to create 100% sustainable, repurposed live edge wood and upcycled glass art designs. The best part … I found a way to combined live edge wood and upcycled wine bottles and turn them into functional art. My creative works include: live edge dining tables, coffee tables, front entry tables, sofa tables, accent tables, floating headboards, floating shelves, wine bar cart, charcuterie boards, magnetic knife and firearm holders, guitar hangers, guitar stands, fractal wall art, fractal standing art, liquor flight boards, wine bottle centerpieces and candle holders. Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? Starting a business on your own always has its challenges. There are budgetary costs to consider from buying equipment and tools, supplies, managing social media outlets and attending local venue art shows to get plenty of exposure. It’s requires your 100% mental and physical attention to detail. It is daily hard work every day but very satisfying because you create something so unique that I could not duplicate what I just created. The key to is have the passion and the love for what you do and the rest will follow. I was always told that you have to prospect every day and reinvent yourself. What are you most proud of and what are the main things you want potential clients/followers/fans to know about you/your brand/your work/ etc.
I’m most proud and excited to always give back to the community, and as a parent of a cancer survivor, I create live edge Phoenix Children’s Hospital fractal hearts. Each heart is handcrafted with fractal. The fractal design on the wood symbolizes this devastating disease and the heart symbolizes hope for a permanent cure. 10% of the sales are donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
What sets you apart from others?
Since every design is custom, listening to my customers and what they need or want, then patience, persistence, passion and attention to detail are the key ingredients to my work. My goal is for my clients to have a piece of art they cherish, and know it is one of a kind, made especially for them. Every design is handcrafted and made in Arizona. What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
First, I thank God for giving me the talent and the ability to be creative and make something unique, and it brings joy to my heart seeing my clients’ smiles, enthusiasm and contentment. I enjoy participating in local art shows, meeting different people and hearing them admire my work. Being an artist has taught me to treat everyone the same -regardless of race, religion, gender or political beliefs. Spreading kindness goes a long way in today’s society.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
My goal and mission is to have my art be part of every household all over the world. Since all of my art is made from repurposed wood and glass materials, it’s vital to remember that recycling is crucial to the future health of our planet Earth. The benefits of having repurposed art helps conserve natural resources, protect our ecosystems and wildlife, reduce demand for raw materials, cut climate-changing carbon emissions and save energy. I am very proud to be able to contribute in any small way to allow our next generation to enjoy life here on Earth.