For me, miniature is a way to work in art, architecture, and history. From an artistic perspective, I confine myself to making nearly every part of miniatures by hand. Historical accuracy is another important aspect of my design process. The styles I have worked in include Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian. My favorite period is mid-18th century American domestic architecture.
The windows, trim, woodwork, fixtures, lighting and every other part that make up one of my miniatures are individual works of art, each made by no one other than myself. From start to finish, every building or room is unequivocally an original.
With that being said, staying one hundred percent accurate to the style I am portraying is everything. I want to represent the historic form in the purest way possible. Purity forbids the mingling of styles even when they are of the same time period. Since a style can span many years and over many geographical locations, it becomes more than just “style” to consider when making something truly accurate. Colors, engineering and function can all change over a period of time and from region to region.
My interests span two hundred years, roughly from 1700 to 1900 and are not confined to houses alone. I'm interested in nearly all forms whether made of timber or masonry, engineered or primitive, private or commercial. But out of that, my favorite is mid 18th century American.
Before I start building, I know the finished piece three dimensionally. I have walked through the rooms, and cross-referenced it with the material I have studied. I make a few mathematical notes on paper and then start building.
I do not work from templates or any other means of mass production. And when I build a full structure or room, I never build it a second time. I like giving my buyers something that is uniquely theirs. Something that will never be available again.
My philosophy is accuracy and believability. A project has to be accurate to the style and period, and when I take a picture of it, I want to have to look closely to tell it is a miniature.