I have been studying bonsai since 1994, in an ever-increasing velocity. I have been a board member of the Iowa Bonsai Association, and served as Vice President of the Alabama Bonsai Society for 2011-2017. I have been the club’s show chairman twice, and unofficially, the guest artist coordinator, which included the honor of hosting Peter Warren and Bjorn Bjorholm in our home and club over the last couple years. I am currently a student of Bjorn Bjorholm, and have worked with him several times a year since 2012, including intensives at Eise-en, and private work at home.
I have been a member of the Living Arts Bonsai Society, American Bonsai Society, an informal bonsai study group, and a frequent contributor to the Bonsai Nut forum. I enjoy collecting trees, writing and teaching, and this blog seems to be the easiest way to share what’s going on in my back yard. As yet, I haven’t worked with many bonsai people outside of my clubs, although conducting a few workshops would be fun at some point down the road.
In June 2012, my Chishio Improved Japanese Maple was accepted and shown at the 3rd U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition, in Rochester, NY. It has been in development since 2002. Here is a shot of the composition:
And, in 2014, it was shown in the 4th US National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester NY:
Both of these trees have also been featured in the Birmingham News, on AL.com, and shown at the Alabama Bonsai Society’s annual show.
In 2016, my Shimpaku juniper, worked on with Bjorn over several years, was shown at the 5th US National Bonsai Expo in Rochester, NY:
It also won Best In Show at the 2019 Alabama Bonsai Society spring show, judged by Kathy Shaner:
I thank my beautiful bride of 23 years for her patience and tolerance of this very time-consuming passion, and enjoy sharing bits of the hobby with my kids as we wander the yard, or scout collecting sites together. Maybe one day they will share my enthusiasm for the art.
Thanks for reading!