I use mixed media and sculptural freestyle to create architectural models, dioramas, and scenes in miniature. I make two main types of work: qrchitectural, which are mostly model houses, and dioramas, which typically portray a scene or vignette and tell a story. The architecture can be 1/12 (dollhouse) scale or smaller, while the dioramas are usually smaller scale with the finished scene taking up less space.
While the architectural models make their own statement, the diorama works range from the simple to the intricate, showing multiple views, angles or making a complex or abstract statement. Most of the artistic themes I try to portray are ones of opaque contradiction and upset reality: unexpected things happening in normal situations. That feeling of a midnight occurrence on a sunny afternoon. A shadow with no source of light. A sense of deja vu. Being in a dream from which you cannot awake.
I am also a fiction writer, and like to shape themes similar to those above. Check out my work on the Fiction page.
All works are one of a kind. The inspiration for most of the works is a combination of style, expression, color and texture. Most of the pieces are built using wood, clay, glass, foam, various paints, and in larger pieces, electrical components.
Where to see my work: view my schedule to see my work in person.
Workshops & DIY: If you are interested in building the kinds of works you see here, I offer DIY tutorials (not kits but detailed instructions), and workshops. Please see the shop for the DIY sets, or view my workshops event information.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you make these? Are they your work?
Yes. All pieces are made by me and are one of a kind.
How long does it take to make the pieces?
The time typically runs 10 to 20 hours for smaller works to 100+ for more complex works. The main factor determining the amount of time is whether the piece will have interior views or not. If it's just exterior, it takes half the amount of time.
What do you do with the pieces?
If they are architecture, you interact with the model like a dollhouse and place your collection of stuff within. If they are a diorama, you put it on a shelf, an end table, or hang it on a wall as a piece of art.
How long have you been doing this?
About 10+ years. My first project was a model version of my sister's house I made for a Christmas present one year. I thought, this is cool, I should do more of this.
How do you make the water look real?
There are many ways to make water effects in miniature. The model railroad products are the most accessible, and easy to use. Epoxy gives great effects. I also use gel medium gloss products used by painters.
What are they made out of?
Most of the pieces are built using wood, clay, glass, foam, various paints, and in larger pieces, electrical components.