In March of 2020 Brad returned to his art roots while quarantined in his home in the Florida Keys during the pandemic. He credits his inspiration for discovering a new art form to the encouragement of former Florida Keys artist Frederick Paley and his wife Valerie.
A love for woodworking and design, combined with sixty-plus years of hunting and fishing all over North America pushed Brad in the fish art direction. He explained that working with unique, one-of-a-kind local Cuban mahogany and Royal palm fiber led to the "wood telling me what it is going to be." His turtle sculpture is a great example of how he finds his creations in their raw, natural form. "When you look at a rough piece of this amazing Keys hardwood something jumps into your mind that says, this is a marlin or a mahi-mahi or a colorful reef fish." Or a turtle.
Brad's wood-inspired art with its' beautiful grain and different colors and textures offer endless avenues for design interpretation. "On some pieces I add a light color wash , sometimes more color and often just let the wood grain and shape stand alone in their natural beauty."
Some of Brad's work is displayed in the South of the Seven restaurant on Lower Sugarloaf Key and other pieces can be found at the gallery, Collections Key West, owned by local artist Karen Wray. The Collections gallery is located on Stock Island behind the Hog Fish Bar and Grill.
Brad received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a BS degree in Business from Minnesota State University in 1975. He resides on Sugarloaf Key with his wife Teri and their Labrador Lilli.