Jerry Graduated from WestminsterWilliam Woods College in Fulton Mo in 1978 with a BFa, Jerry concentrated on Sculpture, Drawing and Watercolor. His sculpture work then was mainly wood constructions and carvings. Soon after graduation Jerry began restoring Juke boxes, Slot machines and old arcade memorabilia. He joined the St. Louis Artist Guild, the oldest Art organization west of the Mississippi, 130 years old this year and has been a member since and is now the Vice President. In 1982 Jerry started working for an antique restorer that also built reproduction furniture. In 1986 Jerry started his own business restoring antiques and building furniture. During this time the Furniture as Art movement grew as a craft and Jerry pursued that line of work and still does to this day as his main profession. About 2002 Jerry started using the lathe as an integral part of his sculptural work. The work often starts on the lathe only to be cut, carved and pieced together to form new shapes often with a Christian or Sci fi theme. Today Jerry heads the Fine Wood Division of NewSpace inc, overseeing the production of fine furniture and cabinetry. The sculptures are created is his 1600 square foot studio next to his house 35 miles south of St. louis, surrounded by trees, using turning, carving and furniture-making techniques.
Jerry is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, Show Me Woodturners, A Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands, and Vice President of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.
Many of his works have won best of show in regional art exhibitions and last year one of his works traveled in a world wide invitational exhibit put on by American association of Woodturners.