"Almost Anything Can Be My Canvas For Artwork"
As an artist, I have been fortunate enough to have worked on many projects over the last two and a half decades. I have been commissioned to design everything from custom jewelry, violin bows, billiard balls, bottle stoppers, belt buckles, and gun grips to many other truly unique items. Some of the items that you will see in the Gallery include materials that can no longer be sold in certain areas due to government regulations, including elephant ivory and some fossils. I still find it fascinating to sometimes be holding materials in my hands that are thousands of years old and then giving them a beautiful, modern purpose.
My desire is to create out-of-the-ordinary, one-of-a-kind gifts for customers to wear, use, and display, therby expressing their own confidence, individuality, originality, and unique spirit.
Necessity being the mother-of-invention, I had to develop a number of techniques for working more detail into difficult materials, plus coloring, highlighting, and preserving those creations over the years.
My designs include belt buckles, jewelry, bottle stoppers, knife handles, bolo ties, and more, based around custom carvings on pearl, various fossils, woolly mammoth, fossil walrus ivory, corals, rare and exotic woods, marble, gemstones, bone, stag (deer antler), and whatever exotic natural materials I can find. Hunting for project materials while traveling is part of the fun! The carvings are usually mounted on stainless steel, exotic woods, sterling, and sometimes gold. The buckle carvings are mounted on stainless steel blank designs from a couple of steamfitters whom I have used over the years. More recently, I am doing a "Signature Series" of belt buckles with the art mounted into CNC-milled buckles featuring my PG signature logo, and a stainless steel jewelry line for men and women.
Finished pieces are marked with the PG initials flowing together, and sometimes my full name when space allows.
Inspiration for carved designs is derived from nature, literature, movies, zoological and museum collections, other artwork, our natural world, and my own imagination. I also turn customer ideas and wishes into cherished pieces of personal enjoyment. Yes, you can commision your luxury gifts or wearable artwork based upon your own themes, ideas, or fantasies.
My art pieces have been featured in many books, magazines, and newspapers since 1991. Famed violin bow-maker / jewelry-maker / violinist Henryk Kaston sought my skills for embellishing all of the ivory parts on his Renaissance Violin Bow Collection, one of which prominently featured the carved ivory parts in the July 2005 edition of Strad Magazine in England, and was displayed in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art musical instrument section for a year. Waylon Jennings proudly owned one of my carved stag timberwolves on a knife by master bladesmith, James Porter, until he passed away and it was sold at an estate sale. The Randall Knife Museum in Florida has had one my very early pieces, a Sambar stag mountain man carving which they mounted on a Randall knife as part of their public collection, for well over 20 years. Some of my work is held in collections in Asia, Switzerland, England, and other parts of Europe, as well as throughout the United States.