I am a family man with 3 young children. I started metal work / welding as a teen by building chopper bicycles. I then became a fulltime welder / fabricator at a production shop for 16 years until they relocated. During those years the only art I made was small scale knickknacks once in a great while until I decided to enter a welding art competition called scrap Detroit 4 years ago. I didnt have much confidence but after winning the competition with my first real sculpture "pedal bird" got me back into creating and haven't stopped since. Previously I always felt as if I was messing around with the knick knacks when I had "real work" to do. I've realized that I had it all backwards and my art was my real work all along, in the grand scheme of things it is much more important than the mindless production work I was doing. I plan to continue working on art and myself without looking back.
Dave's ArtPrize Entries
These are Dave's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Dave's Past Work
These are images of past work that Dave has done.