A life-long passion for art and fine craftsmanship has guided my studies and experiences. Once introduced to the traditional finishes of urushi lacquer, precious metal leaf, shagreen, and straw marquetry, I experienced an instant connection with these seductive materials as well as the discovery process of colors, depth, textures and iridescent patterns.
1998-1999 Finish Technician, MK Restoration, St. Paul,MN.
1995-1998 Cabinetmaker, Gold Country Cabinets & Millwork Sacto. CA
1988-1995 Finish Technician, DeSousa's Finishing Inc. West Sacto. CA
1999-2000 College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program under James Krenov, Fort Bragg,CA
1998-1999 Wood Finish Technology, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN
1996-1998 Furniture Construction Technology, Sierra College, Rocklin,CA
2018 Kanshitsu Techniques with Urushi Lacquer - Nicolas Pinon Lacquer Paris, France
2014 Marquetry - Greg Zall, College of the Redwoods Fort Bragg, CA 2012 Modern Techniques with Urushi Lacquer - Sergej Kirolov Studio Lacquer Decor, Arnhem, Netherlands
2010 Water Gilding - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio Seattle, Washington 2010 Modern Techniques with Urushi Lacquer - Sergej Kirolov Studio Lacquer Decor, Arnhem, Netherlands 2009 Gilding Steinway's Doheny Piano - Greg Johnson Restorations Avon, NY. 2008 2K & Polyester Finishes - Greg Johnson Restorations Avon, NY.
2008 Laboratory and Chemical Safety - American Institute for Conservation 2007 Gilding Steinway's Whitehouse Piano - Greg Johnson Restorations Avon, NY. 2007 Professional Responsibilities for Conservation - American Institute for Conservation 2005 Treatment & Application of Polychrome Surfaces - Don Williams Smithsonian Conservation Workshop
2004 Traditional Japanese Urushi Lacquer - Sha Sha Higby, Sakurako Matsushima and Toshiaki Fujita