Like everyone, I am influenced and inspired by many sources. In woodworking school in Massachusetts where I grew up, the focus was on colonial furniture. However, my tastes changed when I was exposed to studio, asian and arts and craft designs. I found myself drawn to and influenced by art deco, asian temples, and Green-and-Green (Brother architects who designed “The Ultimate Bungalows” in California during the early 1900s). Lastly, my wife Teresa Mallen is a superb artist and we collaborate often. Very much of the work I do shows evidence of her fine touch