I am fortunate in that I come from a long line of creative and talented artists so art has always been a part of my life. At 16, I held my first plasma cutter, used it a few times then hung it up for about 20 years. In 2018, I picked it back up and found my niche, repurposing vintage metal into art. Cutting intricate designs in metal gas, oil, and kerosene cans as well as hand saws, shovels, and whatever else I can find that speaks to me. Many of the items are destined for the trash or the scrap yard before I save them and give them a new life, beautiful decorations for people’s homes and businesses. People have also brought me heirlooms to be repurposed. Each item is thoroughly cleaned, thoughtfully pondered as to what would look great cut into the antique metal, receives a hand-drawn pattern, and is carefully cut by hand, no stencils or CNC machines are used. The cans have been referred to as “Can-o-lanterns” as they look great with lights inside lighting up the design. I had a thought one day “I would like to have hand-thrown pottery mugs with my logo on them.” With a few lessons from my dad and lots of Youtube videos, I took up pottery, although mostly mugs. Does that make me a “mugger”? I also dabble in stained glass and like to try new mediums to keep things interesting. Who knows what I will be doing next year.