I was born in Hammond, Indiana in 1943. I attended the Illinois Institute of Technology where I earned a degree in Architecture in 1967. I worked for various architectural firms in Chicago and Madison, WI and for a number of years had an architectural practice with my wife, who is also an architect, in Richland County, WI. I finished my career as an architect in 2014 after working for Flad Architects in Madison, WI for 25 years where I became a specialist in the materials, equipment, and systems used in building construction.
When I finished my career as an architect, I didn’t think of retirement as much as I thought of what my next career would be. While I was still working as an architect, in my free time I took classes in life drawing, Chinese brush painting, printmaking, oil painting, virtually anything that appealed to me in the visual arts. Added to this was a skill that I developed over many years, that of designing and building furniture. The ideal then would be melding the two: visual art integrated with the functionality of furniture.
I was uncertain of what this would look like, but I wanted to be sure that th...