He was asked to display it in the outdoor garden of the Backyard Bird Shop in Lake Oswego, and from this he was commissioned to do several pieces. He was asked to display his first large piece at the prestigious “Lawrence Gallery” in McMinnville, Or. He then started displays of his work in many Garden Centers from Oregon through Washington and created many commissions from those displays.
He then opened a small space at a Nursery in Lake Oswego to start his own Gallery. He expanded with many other artists displaying in his Gallery, including a Bamboo Tea house for display and as his office. This garden gallery was open only during spring and summer. During the off months, he created a natural stone desktop fountain, in a Bonsai Container, and this part of his business took off. He was in all the Made in Oregon stores and many Catalogs. He was then honored as the Artist for a black-tie dinner by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, displaying his work. He also participated in many Home and Garden Shows, and was first place for his booth, they used his booth in the commercials aired for the show. Then he was asked to feature a large Water Feature in the Street of Dreams, which his fountain was in HOME MAGAZINE.
He continued to do his stone water features and other stone art until 2000. At this time, he moved to Arizona to recover from a long illness and then onto Florida. He opened a Gallery in St. Augustine, both with a inside and outside garden. He featured many renowned artists, as well as his own work. During this time he and his wife, Collette, were honored as the Entrepreneurs of Jacksonville metro by Arbus Magazine. The Gallery was a great success until the economic downturn of 2008, which brought it to an end.
He did not return to his work again until he moved back to Oregon and was inspired by the beauty of Central Oregon where he resided. He has always been drawn to the birds, the herons and the hummingbirds, as well as the Quail. He started his series of Copper Moon pieces, wall pieces made of stone and moon made from hammered Copper, featuring the birds and creatures he admired in the area.
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