Mike moved to the Pacific Northwest when he was only 9. He showed interest and artist ability from a young age. Being surrounded by artists in his family as far back as his great great grandfather, it is understandable where the talent stemmed from.
Woodworking was the first medium Mike worked with; moving to stained glass work that he enjoyed for many years. He then started working with blown glass, eventually opening his own “hot glass” studio. In his quest to find a “job” & hobby to enjoy when he retired, he found metal work. He enjoys spending time outdoors gardening with his wife & granddaughter, so the sunflowers, and metal yard art in general, fit right in. After seeing how well they looked in their yard, and having friends and neighbors request the sunflowers, he decided this was it! Since no two pieces are (ever) alike he keeps coming up with new ideas and the creations keep growing.
As all of these pieces are made of metal, they will oxidize over time (not that much time in the Pacific Northwest)! This “rusting” adds character to the flowers, as well further embellishing the designs on the petals, in the process.
Come see Mike and his metal yard art at the “Art in the Garden” event on Saturday, August 10th!
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