Story

My work is an homage to the rocks and the mountains – a way to stay connected to the important things in life.

Born and raised in Taos, New Mexico, I was lucky to have grown up with the mountains in my backyard. I grew up creating, working the summers for my uncle, master goldsmith Phil Poirier. In college I studied photography, and after graduation I started building custom furniture. I got sucked into the endless work, struggling to find balance between my love for climbing and the outdoors, and my creative work on the other. In time, I found my way back to metal, and I experimented with making my own jewelry while working for a tool company, Bonny Doon Hydraulic Presses.

In 2014 I had a pivotal change of thinking. Instead of seeing my two passions as separate, I asked myself:

"What if I combine my passion for making art with my passion for climbing and the mountains? What if I delve into adventure in all aspects of my life?"

Since that day, I have been on a journey to bring these aspects together. It is easy to be calm and at peace in the mountains, but how do we share that with the rest of the world?

I've spent the last 8 years learning, experimenting, building a base of techniques, equipment, and skills to be able to create the work that I do. It's taken sacrifice in many other aspects of my life, but I'm a dirtbag for my art, and proud of it.

Whether it is the subtle details of the texture of granite, the effortless flow that only a hard climb can force us to find, or the amazing views from the top, the inspiration offered by the mountains, and the rock we climb on, is endless.

I want to capture the experiences we have outdoors and then bring them forward as mementos, to be savored in all the other moments of our lives.

Everything is made by me, in my small studio, in Taos, NM. I work with American-made machinery and tools. All materials, like stones and metal, are from the best, local if possible, eco-friendly sources.

I donate a portion of my sales every year to The Access Fund, as well as other organizations.