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 and 2012. 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 also 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:
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.
I thank my beautiful bride of 16 years for her patience and tolerance of this very time-consuming passion, and enjoy sharing bits of the hobby with my young children as we wander the yard, or scout collecting sites together. Maybe one day they will share my enthusiasm for the art.
Thanks for reading!