Tim Urban

   Tim was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1961. "Growing up in the northern mountains of New Jersey amidst one of the most diverse mineral deposits in the country, Tim Urban collected rocks by the armful and kept boxes on boxes of the prettiest, shiniest, and most colorful in his closet. Seeing mountains, skies, trees and streams in them, even people and animals, he was fascinated by the inherent artistry of such stones and was determined to one day build something with them.
   Earning a degree in architecture from the University of Maryland in 1983, he married Cindy Durkin, the beautiful little blonde that sat next to him in first year design studio, and moved to New Mexico the following year. Inspired by Santa Fe's beautiful natural surrounds and the stunning works displayed by the many talented artists that call it home, it was almost inevitable that this entirely new palette of stones would quickly engage his imagination. The boxes in his closet never made the trip west, but a new collection was soon growing in piles around his house.

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   Taking his architecture degree for a brief spin before returning to his natural outdoor habitat, as a self-employed landscaper and stoneworker for the past twenty-five years Tim has gained a reputation for putting rocks together in a way Santa Fe had not seen before. Characterized by his incredibly natural, large-scale boulder work and the contrasting detail of his finer stone elements, his landscapes have become exceedingly popular for show on local garden tours, and as he has incorporated his signature "picture" work into many of his acclaimed garden designs, the birds, snakes, geckos and flowers inlaid into his stone patios, walkways and fountains have been admired for years.

   But as it's not all that fun to be working outside in Santa Fe when its cold winter winds are blowing, a few years ago Tim began to spend more time in his small, heated shop. Employing only a basic hand-held grinder mounted with a dry-diamond wheel and working in a cloud of dust for months at a time, he honed his cutting skills on simpler folk art images inlaid on stone countertops and accent furnishings before moving on to works of increasingly difficult detail. Constantly challenging himself to create more finely-crafted images with each new piece he builds - rustic woods inlaid with varied quartzites, sandstones and slates creating timeless western scenes - his work has been featured at the prestigious Western Design Conference and at Trailside Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
   It has been said of Tim that he thinks like a rock, and many people - his wife and three children included - believe his head to be filled with them. As a stoneworker, he can think of no finer compliment."

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