Len Starbeck: Artist & Adventurer
In the last 8 years, I had been working as a surgical nurse overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan and even in the South China Seas. I recently got a position as an OR Nurse here at the great Park City Medical Center. Since then I have started travel nursing as an operating room nurse last year and plan another contract soon.
I have been diving for abalone for some 50 years and was excited to discover I could use the abalone shells for various art pieces. Last year, due to a special season permit, I collected more abalone shells combined than I had 50 years prior. Collecting them whole or broken with a 30-to-40-pound load and backpacking them up to my truck sometime three and four times a day. I have used a hammer and a 3,000 pound steam roller to crush abalone shells and polish them with handfuls of gravel in a cement mixer.
A few years ago, I built a wood shop / studio and am happy call myself an artist after retiring twice now. We do sell as vendors in art shows when we can get approved for the competing art shows. I started re-purposing antiques, photography, making wooden ski coat racks and framing preserve flowers. I am available for custom projects.