Jerry Graduated from Westminster/William 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 Artists Guild, the oldest art organization west of the Mississippi, (131 years old this year) and has been a member since and is now the 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 President of the St. louis Artists’ Guild.