I've always appreciated quality craftsmanship and unique design, especially if it ran against the grain of mainstream.
Through school years I enjoyed art and won and placed in art fairs and art competitions. When picking classes in high school my dad said something like, "Art isn't gonna get you a job," and I could understand that so I let my artistic side go dormant for years.
Through the years working in construction, I've worked in many fields, and got most of my experience working for a flatwork concrete company producing quality concrete. A coworker and friend told me how he poured in place his own concrete countertops and tore them out after he failed to produce a quality finished product. He told me about a book by Fu Tung Cheng and gave me some old dusty issues of Concrete Network Magazine that had articles with inspirational pictures of concrete countertops in them. Around this same time I ran across some beautiful concrete fountains made by the late Marco Lucioni. This opened my eyes that concrete was more than flatwork and footings. This was what lit my fire with creative concrete!
I reopened my creative door and it has been open ever since. I started playin' in the mud again. I dabbled with creative concrete as hobby and decided, to reach more people, I needed to start a business. I've spent countless hours and money honing my craft. I've also travelled the country attending several trainings and workshops to learn from and pass knowledge to other artisans from the US, as well as other countries. Hive mind if you will.
Sometime along the line I remember being told, "You could never own your own business. You're to much of a perfectionist." I took this as a complement--and also a bit of a challenge. I believe there still are people in America that will pay for quality.
Tremonti Cast Concrete And Design