Ernie was born in Glendale Arizona at the end of the Great Depression and was raised on a farm. He has been artistically inspired since childhood and the years of his life have been sprinkled with bits and pieces of artwork since grammar school. His first ceramic sculpture, “Man with a Hole in the Head”, was done in 1961 in an Army crafts studio. This was the beginning of his love for working with clay.
Having completed military service, his first formal art education began in 1964 at Shasta College in Redding California in a beginners ceramics class where he produced several ceramic sculptures.
His next formal education in the arts was in 1989 at the College of Marin Sculpture Studio in Kentfield California. This provided him with an opportunity to create several bronze pieces. These turned out to be very labor intensive because he likes smooth surfaces. He also produced many ceramic sculptures in these classes. One of his last class projects was a life-size sculpture called “Skate-R-Die”, which was intended to be a quick and easy project made of styrofoam, but took two years to complete.
He also attended several ceramics classes that re-directed his energies towards water sculpture. The ceramic water sculptures eventually led him to using ferrocement, which was the medium for most of his work for the next ten years. He also experimented with bamboo and natural stone in ferrocement.
Some of his ceramic pieces were entered in Marin Arts Association and Marin Arts Council shows on multiple occasions previous to 1994.
Most of his work since then has been in ferrocement with the objective of creating thin-sectioned open pieces that play with water, light and sound.
In 2010 he decided to return to working with bronze and designed and built a micro bronze casting foundry in a metal box. His latest bronze pieces are the result of this endeavor, but he also continues to work with ferrocement.
The SCULPTURE SERIES is shown in reverse chronological order and includes his major work.
The LANDESCAPES SERIES are digitized photographs of the local area.
The GODSTONE SERIES are images of thinly sliced natural stone photographed with a digital camera and are one of the limitless emanations of beauty by the Creator.
The EPPIE SERIES are digitized photographs of Eppiphylum blossoms that grow in their yard. Check out the San Diego Eppiphylum site for more information on these beautiful flowers.
The TUTORIAL SERIES are various tutorials of processes and equipment he has developed during the process of creating his art.
We hope you enjoy these images.