I've lived and worked in dozens of cities across America, Europe, and Africa, exploring local histories and gathering skills, techniques and memories. In college I was a figure sculptor and landscape painter; I’ve worked as a scenic artist and made props and design models for theater and opera. In various cities I've been a cabinetmaker and carpenter, built historic re-creations for museum installation, and developed prototypes for an invention company. I have made precise, elaborate, scale models for high-tech firms, and created special effects, animations, and miniatures for television and cinema.
A decade ago I was lucky enough to marry Karen Krieger, a respected jeweler and craft artist. We attended Yale University at the same time, but didn't know that until years later. I began helping her with prototypes and construction and accompanying her to craft shows, and the Aviaries evolved when I started to apply my many, odd talents to my own creative work.
We share a studio, a love of decorative arts, and a young daughter. The three of us live at the top of a hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.