The Refiner’s Fire®
Who are you?
This sounds like a philosophical question. Do we ever really know who we are?
What do you do?
I have spent my life creating. Part of that creativity has included making sculptures. Several years ago I also invented a tool that I call The Coiling Gizmo®, designed to make jewelry out of wire. Currently my primary focus is creating bronze sculptures.
I have also spent time as a community organizer. In 1985 I worked with a group of people who started a local chapter of what was then called the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. This program, now called Resolutions Northwest (RNW) is in charge of Neighborhood Mediation and also teaches school kids conflict resolution — http://www.resolutionsnorthwest.org/. Recently I have been working with another group of people to create a non-profit called “The Art of Reconciliation.” Our mission is to invite the power of art to heal our communities — www.artofreconciliation.com.
What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
I am driven by curiosity. I am curious about how things work and how stuff is made. I am also curious about what people are like and I have a fascination for how groups work together.
What brought you and/or your business to the Foster-Powell Community?
I have always had a home business. Since we moved to Foster-Powell 26 years ago and I continued working out of our home, my business magically was located in FoPo. Since 2009 I also have had a studio at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, in SE Portland a bit west of FoPo.
What is your favorite way to enjoy Foster?
Biking around the neighborhood and connecting with residents who live here. Being part of the neighborhood association has brought wonderful friends into my life.
3 Ways to unite the Fine Folks of Foster
I love National Night Out and feel it is an incredible way to connect with people in the area. It would be fun to have a winter gathering someplace. I also would like to see block parties happening all over FoPo.
How do you envision the future of Foster?
We have a number of buildings that could be developed into more interesting places.
Some top fives to appease the list lovers
Your Top Five Songs to get you through life?
- Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto
- Schubert “Heilig, Heilig, Heilig”
- Arvo Pärt “Spiegel Im Spiegel”
- Mahler—sympony # 9
Your Top Five Haunts in Portland
- St. David of Wales Episcopal Church
- The Chinese Garden
- Thanh Thao restaurant
- Multnomah Art Center
- NAYA—Native American Youth and Family Center