Traveling, living, and observing, has exposed Rod to a variety of art styles, mediums, and messages. He strives to see beyond the literal and narrative, to create work that is contemplative, and expressive, yet conscious of traditional fundamentals. Rod's goals are to see the abstract forms in nature, and express these forms in sculpture by marrying the components of discipline, and creativity, to express a concept rather than an image.
Rod's reputation has been cemented with credibility by winning multiple awards from the National Sculpture Society, and election to Fellow of the National Sculpture Society(NY). Rod Studied Studio Arts at Montana State University 1991-94, Served apprenticeships with Floyd Tennison Dewitt, FNSS of Bozeman, MT, and Kent Ullberg, NA, FNSS of Loveland, CO. Rod is both on the Teaching Faculty of The Scottsdale Artist School, and The Campbell Center For The Study of American Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens, Pawley's Island SC. He was also instrumental in helping start the Equine Sculpture Program at The Culver Academy, Culver Indiana. Rod teaches numerous workshops every year, and is in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, The Leanin' Tree Museum, Boulder, Colorado, and Brookgreen Gardens Museum of American Sculpture, as well as in private collections around the world.