1. Do you use a scissor to cut each tile?
I score the cans with an exacto knife & they easily break into tiles.
2. Are your Alumosaics covered with glass?
I pour epoxy over my Alumosaics that way they are sealed forever and will not break like glass.
3. How long did it take you to do a piece like Elvis™?
Elvis took approximately 3 weeks working 4 – 6 hours a day. His hair was the most difficult part.
4. How do you choose your colors?
Just as a painter or illustrator – if I need green I prepare Green cans. If I am working on a red car I will utilize Coke and Dr. Pepper.
5. What kind of glue do you use?
I use a glue that stays tacky for months and therefore allows me to change around the tiles until I am satisfied - this is an artist’s dream!
6. Do you get lots of cuts?
Not really. If you know how to use a knife & fork you can learn to create Alumosaics safely. I have created Alumosaics for thirty two years and I do not have any scars – other than some artistic emotional ones!
7. How do you choose subject matter?
I scan the internet for visuals that interest, excite and challenge me.
8. Do you ever buy cans because you need certain colors?
I often purchase specific cans for their unique color just like a painter has to purchase paint.
9. What is the largest Alumosaic you have ever done?
It was called “outlaw” and was four feet by six feet. The day after I sold it I wished I hadn’t. It’s been 32 years and I still miss it.
10. Do you enjoy teaching?
Very much! I was quite unprepared for the wonderful feeling of watching other humans enjoy the art form that I created.
11. What was the first piece you ever made?
It was a profile of an Indian called “yellow feather." My wife Barbara worked hand and hand with me on this Initial piece in 1980.