As someone who writes and plays original compositions on self-crafted Native American style flutes, most would typically classify me as an artist and musician. I know however, that my occupation is much farther reaching. While I am passionate about being both an artist and musician, I'm equally as passionate about being a teacher for those who wish to develop their own skills in craftsmanship, composition, and design. I've been so fortunate to learn the skills throughout my lifetime that have allowed me to call what I do my career, and I have a genuine desire to share that knowledge and those experiences with others.
Through my construction of the Native American flute, I am able to design and create contemporary instruments based on ancient principals. I use materials and traditional methods to maintain the integrity of the Native American art form. I then use these instruments to share my story and the history of the people that came before me. My respect for the Native American people compels me to work in keeping this art form alive.
Although I have spent many years focusing on the Native flute and its music, my love of music is much older. For more than thirty years I have worked as a professional musician, playing with groups that span a wide range of musical genres. A decade ago I began playing, composing, recording, and building Native American flutes and other traditional musical instruments. Over the years I have exhibited my work at numerous Art and Music Festivals throughout Ohio and have been a featured performer at many venues. In 2008 I began extending my musical reach by traveling to Springdale, Utah where I performed on the stage at the Zion Canyon Native American Flute and Art Festival. In March 2009, I was a featured concert performer at the Potomac Native American Flute Festival. My passion comes from sharing my gifts with others, young and old.