I have always been drawn to the built environment.
Why I chose my profession, and why I still truly enjoy it, is that finding the balance between aesthetically beautiful and pragmatically functional is always an engaging challenge.
I earned a bachelor of environmental design from the University of Minnesota and worked for several garden centers and landscape designers before focusing on stonework and masonry.
I owe my skill and training to my mentor, master stonemason Jim Sullivan. Over the 12 years I apprenticed with him, he shared with me the craft and art of masonry that has been his life’s work. I am eternally indebted to him for teaching and guiding me to express my own passion and creativity through the medium of stone and brick and mortar.
In The Press
Master Stone Mason and Teacher, Ian McKiel