I immigrated with my family from the former Czechoslovakia in 1968. My parents were involved in the crystal design and fabrication industry, providing an early exposure to hand-crafted beauty. I studied art history and painting; I’ve traveled extensively collecting art and artifacts, with a particular interest in primitive and religious art, icons and relics. I have explored wood carving, mixed media sculpture, jewelry making, and painting before experimenting with wrought iron. I have been a working artisan blacksmith and metal artist now for over 20 years.
I started quite humbly, making candlestick holders, garden benches, curtain rods, and trellises. I was approached by several Western Canadian galleries to show some of my small sculptural works. Interest grew over the years, presenting greater challenges to make railings, gates, bed frames and dining room furniture. Large commercial projects followed: decor and lighting for restaurants; patio enclosures; store and salon interiors; railings, cash cages, and poker room gates for casinos. Throughout the years the works have ranged in size. To this day I still get excited about the process of creating, be it a grand railing or a piece of jewelry.
I live in Edmonton, Alberta with my wife and two daughters.