Being interested in artwork of many genres, it was always hard for me to pin down just one discipline that I wanted to pursue. I love the tangibility, the raw materials and craftsmanship of fine art, but also loves using a computer, mouse and the digital space as an extension of my toolkit as well. So in 2005, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mississippi with a double major in both Graphic Arts AND Studio Arts to satisfy my itch to explore both sides of the art world as well as allowing me the flexibility to take my art career in potentially several different directions.
After several years of working as a graphic designer and art director, I wanted to utilize my fine art skills more, and I had a vision to create an "art factory" that created all types of custom, original artwork, all under one roof.
In 2012 Foundry 43 was born. I wanted to open a shop where I could explore different mediums as well as serve the needs for many different types of clients, depending on what they were looking for- everything from logo development and branding to custom portraiture and artwork. I really enjoy working with clients one-on-one to create original custom pieces that help tell their stories and bring their visions to life.
I have dabbled in a wide variety of materials, subject matters, and techniques over the past few years and I've been fortunate to produce a fairly large body of work. I've had both solo and group shows and exhibited work in numerous galleries and public spaces, and worked on projects with clients of many scopes and platforms, and with companies both large and small.
When not making art, I love nature and being outside, exploring the urban landscape of Atlanta, music and spending time with my smoldering wife, our one year old son and our two ridiculously spoiled dogs.
What does Foundry 43 mean?
I officially launched his studio under the handle of Foundry 43 on April 3 (4/3) 2012. "43" was meant to be a symbol for following my passion, and always pushing myself to grow as and artist as well as a person.
Coming from long line of makers, fixers, and builders, I was inspired by the craftsmen that influenced his life. I wanted to see my studio as art factory because I wanted to consistently produce artwork, and to not be afraid to get dirty in the process. Knowing that I would pour my blood, sweat and tears into it, "Foundry", being a kind of factory (particularly the kind that pours liquid hot metal into molds), it just made sense for my vision.
The 43 icon in the logo is composed of several different techniques and elements, including paint splatters, rolled paint, cross hatches, stenciling and duotone graphics, to symbolize the various elements and subjects that I use in my artwork.
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