Nature and the outdoors were a large part of my upbringing in Michigan. Whether it was camping, fishing, or just hanging out with family and friends, I found myself spending a lot of time outside and observing my environment. I started teaching industrial arts in the public school system of Michigan and sharing my love of building and creating with students. I was able to help my students gain an appreciation for doing work with their hands and take pride in their craft, something that I had learned from both my father and grandfather. Being an educator has allowed me to use the experiences gained in helping students rethink how to solve problems to become a better problem solver myself. As an artist, I enjoy the process of creating sculptures that capture the true beauty of the wild animals that make up planet earth. These animals depend on clean water and plentiful food sources for their survival. Some of these animals are so mystical and some of them are close to becoming endangered or even extinct. The relationship between man and nature is a growing concern for the future of all wildlife. Without their natural habitats these living things would not survive. Even if a particular piece I create only raises the awareness of one person that is one more person who knows about the plight of our global environment changes, whether caused by man or Mother Nature.
TJ's ArtPrize Entries
These are TJ's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
TJ's Past Work
These are images of past work that TJ has done.