Where do the lines run that separate art from everyday life? The point of division, between what is and what might be, is an infinite subjunctive. In other words, it depends on your point of view. There are no limits to content. Look to Da Vinci’s codex, Warhol’s soup cans, Banksy’s Kitten. Art is created in the same way we create our life stories: as an external expression of our interior experience. Art is projection and interpretation. The medium for expression is wide open too - from classic oils to irreverent spray paint – from carved sculpture to 3D printing. Art emerges around the juxtaposition of numerous influences: light, shadow, form, context, color, symbols, and textures all superimposed onto ideas and perspective. Of course, art also requires labor - countless hours committed to bringing an ephemeral vision into being. To me, nothing compares to the spark of true inspiration and the burning passion that comes from creating a new piece of art. It is the stuff the gods dream of. However, the actual work can be a lot more reality based. The studio process is grittier. For me, welding is the primary medium. The work is often noisy, sweaty and messy. The steps involved in creating a new piece can be incremental and slow. Tools and ingredients have frustrating limitations. Sometimes things go wrong and the process might require stepping back from the piece, making changes or even starting over. This blog will hit on all of these topics, from the mundane to the sublime. I’ll try to explain and demonstrate what I do and what I have learned. My goal is to share some of my experiences in the studio including (but never limited to) the use of metal (steel, copper, aluminum etc.), ceramics, patination, LEDs, sound files, found objects, plexi, fragments and more generally how I create art using anything I get my hands on that engages my mind and ignites my passions. Mad, burning roman candles included.