ODIS
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I was born in 1947, in Detroit, at a time when Detroit was an industrial powerhouse. Like most young boys, I was enthralled with automobiles and there design from a young age. From a very young age I was continually making things out of wood, sticks, metal and whatever tweaked my imagination. I was fascinated by insects, reptiles and the natural world and still am today. When I was about 8 years old my mother took me to the Detroit Institute of Art. I remember entering the rotunda where the walls and ceiling had been painted with a mural by Diego Rivera. My mom could not get me to move away from looking at that wonderful depiction of the auto industry by the communist giant of the art world. In later years, I revisited that mural and always left amazed and inspired. In school my favorite class was mechanical drawing in 8th and 9th grades. To this day I believe it was one of the best instructors I was fortunate to have in my life. I went to an academic high school, but yearned for an art, or shop, class of which there were none. I spent my summers playing around at building boats or refurbishing an old hydroplane. In college, I first went to commercial art school and graduated with an AA degree in said subject. But commercial art wasn't for me, so I enrolled in Eastern Mich. University to study art and design. I ended up majoring in printmaking and sculpture. I went to grad school for a year and then at the urging of a very good friend relocated to N. Ca. I felt like I had gone to heaven from the moment I arrived. The air and mountains and ocean overwhelmed me and I hiked for miles every day. I soon found a job helping a fellow build geodesic shaped sauna baths. I had had some experience with making tension structures and fabric and was hired to make the triangular insulated panels for the saunas. Soon I was making the jigs for cutting the various parts for the sauna assembly and used woodworking tools on a daily basis. The man I worked for ended up moving to S. Ca. and I ended up with a wood-shop. My first big job was doing work, with some friends, on a recording studio in Mill Valley. I designed and built the control room mixing board, as well as light fixtures and an isolation room. Over the years I have had many different kinds of jobs from stairway work to designing and building doors to furniture and sculpture. I have been very fortunate to have had a client list that I ended up doing work for, for years. I still love to make things and live in the middle of a woods surrounded by nature.  Much of what I build now is an ongoing process of discovery where I realize that my first thought can easily metamorphose into something else. I sometimes find my cut off scraps of wood more intriguing than my original intention. I feel happy to never be bored and only slightly frustrated by the fact that I will be lucky to accomplish about 5% of what I dream up. Hard to tell why people end up being how they are. I am and always have been an artist. My hands speak for me.