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Hunting used records, birdwatching, making the world more colorful have always been my favorite things to do. When I first put a 45RPM record on a birdhouse in August, 2007, I began to see how everything we are drawn to throughout life is leading us to a goal. It all makes sense now.

I showed my sweetheart the result of that first effort & she said "It looks like a jukebox". Silly me, I hadn't noticed. And so, the JukeHouse Gallery was born. I began intentionally building JukeHouses to resemble the classic jukebox, then added the round JukeHouses because, after all, records are round..

If you think it's an abomination to deface collectible records, I apologize, and somewhat agree. Take comfort in the fact that there are millions of them still out there, and we now live in a digital world. What else are you gonna do with them at this point?…

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  • Joined January 17, 2012

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Records, Wood, Acrylic Paint, Pine, Oak, Cedar, Maple, Ash

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Hunting used records, birdwatching, making the world more colorful have always been my favorite things to do. When I first put a 45RPM record on a birdhouse in August, 2007, I began to see how everything we are drawn to throughout life is leading us to a goal. It all makes sense now.

I showed my sweetheart the result of that first effort & she said "It looks like a jukebox". Silly me, I hadn't noticed. And so, the JukeHouse Gallery was born. I began intentionally building JukeHouses to resemble the classic jukebox, then added the round JukeHouses because, after all, records are round..

If you think it's an abomination to deface collectible records, I apologize, and somewhat agree. Take comfort in the fact that there are millions of them still out there, and we now live in a digital world. What else are you gonna do with them at this point?

I'm basically a self-taught artist, unless you count the hundreds of books I've read, and artists I've watched & talked to. As I'm working on a JukeHouse, I convince myself that it's not working, doesn't look right, but I keep painting until something wonderful happens, and it always does. One more brush stroke and it's finished, and I have no idea how it happened, but the empty coffee mugs and dark chocolate wrappers strewn about prove that I was there at the time.

Given the mystery of my creative process, something felt dishonest about claiming full responsibility for my talent when I starting showing JukeHouses at craft fairs in Rhode Island. I had to give credit where it's due, so the following appears on my business card and hang tags:

"Not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's consent. Every hair of your head has been counted; so do not be afraid of anything. You are worth more than an entire flock of sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven." - Matthew 10:29-32

This expresses my belief that our talent comes as a gift from the Creator, and I couldn't put my work out there without admitting that it's not all me. It's still up to us to fight through the doubts, fears, insecurities, natural disasters, and unwelcome phone calls to develop our talent and produce our best work, but we couldn't do it without the basic tool that's been built into us.

Some folks may disagree, and I'll concede that Christian philosophies can appear harsh until we've taken the time and effort to fully understand the intent, but we're only talking about birdhouses here, so I'll lighten up. As you view my work, keep in mind that each JukeHouse was a leap of faith at the time it was painted, even those that are repeat designs. I really have to get out of my own way to get them to come out right. So whether you call it divine inspiration, natural talent, or dumb luck, let your imagination fly . . . . .

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