It’s a simple shape but it really struck me as just right.  I bent the steel, looked at it, and said aloud, “That’s it”.  Amazing how that happens. 

I had to rework this one.  Originally it had a really great patina but then rusted out.  It was very mediocre.  I ground it down and blued it. Followed by some paint and a sealant.  I really like how this one ended up.

Reclining Nude

snyder-reclining-nude-1Reclining Nude

Not entirely sure why but I was really inspired by Matisse’s Reclining Nude painting. I got a mailer and for the show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts now and just hit me.  I couldn’t do anything else until I got to the studio and did it.  It was strange — a compulsion.

I like how it came out.  Who doesn’t like nudes?

It now has a great patina and is sealed.

Cube Farmer


Cube Farmer

A continuation of my fascination with geometric shapes.  I’m a really good metal box maker now.

He looks really good in the snow too.

Size: 8′ x 5′ x 3′

Price: Not For Sale


Agitated Avians – Just Squawking Around

If you asked me what one my strengths is, I might say intelligence.  Or being handsome (no laughing, you guys).  But really it would be my willingness to take on a project even though I am not sure how to do it.  A bit of a sink or swim philosophy.  Some would argue it’s not a positive thing.  Sometimes I have to agree with them. 

agitated-avians-1Making Agitated Avians wasn’t one, but damn close. 

Not only did it morph from my original proposal (Family Time on the Sofa), but I decided to experiment with new technology.  All on a short timeline.  Anyway it all worked out.  Quite nicely too. And that inspiration thing: Angry Birds.

Started out with some nice half in rebar and bent the heck out it.  All those engineers and construction people just cringed.  Why would you bend perfectly good rebar into crazy shapes.  Well, because.

(side note: I saw a mechanical shovel with a concrete breaking tool attached going at some of those concrete road dividers.  They busted up the concrete and left twisted masses of rebar.  I wanted it. Badly.  I asked. They said no. Dang!)

agitated-avians-3Lots of bending and rebending of the rebar to get just the right shape of a copse of trees.  It shouldn’t look like real trees, but it also shouldn’t look just like a bunch of bent the hell up rebar welded together.

Find the shapes for the birds.  Do some more bending and then give them an interesting paint job to go with their abstract “bird” shapes. 

And then, the truly scary part.  Light it up!

agitated-avians-6How?  Not regular lights.  No way. Too simple.  I ordered a bunch of EL wire (electroluminescent), a solar panel, a control box and a battery for the thing.  And way too late too.  Fortunately it all arrived on time and I was able to convince a friend (thanks Dave!) to help me figure out how to wire the thing.

You know what?  It came out pretty damn cool.  I’m happy with it an I learned a thing or two.  Got the best compliment from someone who saw it in Sioux Falls too.  He said it was “strikingly different”.  Love it.  The full story on my Agitated Avians interview with my sponsor company.  Thanks guys. 

(Did I really say “awesome” twice? )



Come Warm Yourself

Come Warm Yourself

While working on this piece it reminded me of my visit years ago to Monterey and Carmel, California.  My wife and I had a drink at the Hogheads Bar — it was owned by Clint Eastwood at the time. 

We sat by the outdoor fire on a foggy night and enjoyed ourselves and the surroundings immensely.

Size: 32″ x 19″ x 17″

Price: $750

Curls and Swirls

key west coral -- steelCurls and Swirls

We went snorkeling in Key West for spring break.  It involved a boat ride out to reef about 7 miles from shore.  Besides seeing a 6′ barracuda, we saw some really fascinating corals.  Thus an artist can find inspiration anywhere, but especially 20 foot down on a coral reef.  Beautiful.

Size: 20″ x 20″ x 18″

Price: Not For Sale

(My wife won’t let me sell this one as it fits perfectly in the kitchen)