My interest in rocks began in grade school and has remained with me throughout life. This interest first developed into a hobby and after graduation from the University of Texas became my career. My first job was selling diamonds and other precious gemstones in the jewelry business. Fifteen years later I made a career change and started my own marble and granite countertop business. I taught myself how to fabricate the various edge profiles for countertops by hand using diamond cutting blades, grinding wheels and polishing pads.
In 2009, I fulfilled by dream of moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. New Mexico not only became my home but also my new playground for collecting rocks and minerals. In addition, I'm using my skill set from the marble and granite business in my most recent business opportunity.
On a Sunday in May of 2014, I walked into Indigo Gallery and met the owner, Jill Shwaiko. I noticed her bronze sheep sitting on rock pedestals and asked if she had ever considered using petrified wood for her pedestals. I had a beautiful piece in my car and Jill loved it!
Since that day, Jill and I have worked closely on finding exactly the right rock to fit the theme of her sheep. We make the rock pedestals a work of art as well by determining which part will face forward and what areas to polish. I personally hand select these rocks at a quarry in the San Pedro Mountains just south of Madrid and the petrified wood comes from a private ranch near Cuba, New Mexico.