Ever since I can remember I have been involved with some form of art or another, and give a great deal of credit to my grandfather.  He always helped with my wood projects and had a meticulous attention to detail that he passed along.  At the age of eight, we built a working toy wooden sailboat together.  Granddad always made sure I got to the art store if needed, and encouraged and supported me with all my projects.  Selling my first pen and ink when I was 13, I continued on and experimented with other mediums including oils, acrylics, and pastels.    

My grandfather always felt I should pursue a career in woodworking but I was afraid of loosing my passion for it.  Instead I followed a career in the animal field where I became the dietitian for the Jacksonville Florida Zoo.  While working there, I discovered the local community theatre where I began volunteering backstage, building sets, and running props.  During this time I learned quite a bit about design and went to work for several different high end furniture and cabinet shops.  Eventually in 1989 I decided to start my own custom furniture business, giving me more control over the designs, and the quality of the work as well.

my wall of shame

CREATED BY Craig Kassan 2015