Passionate About My Craft
"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist." Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1182 – October 3 1226) The patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment.
My mom and both grandmas really enjoyed plants and landscaping. My dad would paint landscapes and take me to golf courses with him to caddy. I would automatically notice the big mature trees, as well as the landscaped areas. The sloped hillsides and the walls that would retain the earth. The smoothness of the greens and fairways, and the perfect grade of the earth. I would spend time with my mom and grandmas outside doing simple tasks for her like weeding beds or cutting edges. Listening to my mom on her thoughts and visions of how she wanted her landscape plantings to look like and what she wanted to achieve from it.
Beautiful landscapes at some point become beautiful paintings. I carry this thought with me to all of my jobs. I truly believe that this is a form of art on its largest scale.
Working with the environment and giving back to it is very rewarding for me. I enjoy seeing animals play in the water features, nesting in maturing trees, feeding off native plants and trees. Trying to duplicate a rock outcropping, or a dry creek bed, to a lake shoreline that has been around for hundreds of years is as inspiring to me as it is educational. Building materials, plants, and trees are constantly changing in the landscape. After 23 years of work, I'm still learning every day.