I am a self-employed landscape architect (RLA 6126), contractor (CA-985377), certified arborist (WE-105760). and sculptor. I received my Bachelors degree at Colorado College and my Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University.
My primary work and passion is to design (or re-design) outdoor spaces that are beautiful and functional. I strive to create environments that are inviting, sustainable, and offer unique and memorable experiences. I design all of the elements outside of the house, which include: swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, outdoor structures, decks, patios, fire pits, water features, and much, much more...
In addition to the design work, I employ a crew of 6-8 skilled and hardworking men who help transform my designs into reality. They are experts in masonry, planting, irrigation, and landscape lighting. We also build decks, fences, water features, and pretty much everything else I dream and draw.
I also often combine sculpture with design is a great way to add the "missing elements" that so many landscapes need. I discovered steel sculpture while studying landscape architecture. I now get to combine my passion for design with my desire to build and create things with my hands.
For my sculpture, I work primarily with mild steel, but I can also cut out any pretty much any design imaginable out of copper, aluminum, or stainless steel. I like the rawness of rusted steel, and how it blends into the environment. Whenever possible, I try to use reclaimed or salvaged materials. Salvaged materials are obviously more sustainable for sculpture, but they also have unique characteristics and stories of their own that I don't find in steel directly from a mill. In my line of work, another person's trash can truly become a treasure (with a lot of imagination and work).
In addition to design and sculpture, I am passionate about arboriculture (the study of trees). I help people understand how to best manage and protect the trees they have, and make recommendations and write reports when removals are necessary.