The sculptures I create are characterized by an uplifting positive nature, my faith in God, the power, and beauty of nature and the energy and balance of dance are my inspiration. Graceful stainless steel, and bronze sculptures dancing in place, reaching to the heavens, creating the illusion of movement, and transforming the abstract into the instantly understood are characteristics of my work. It would be safe to say if you studied my art you would know my heart. My purpose is to stimulate and exercise the mind of you, the viewer, as well as creating a sculpture that compliments the environment that it shares. Aesthetics, balance, energy, harmony, meticulous craftsmanship, structural strength, durable materials, and public safety are all built into the piece. The needs of the client, the purpose of the project, and architecture are all considered in the design process.
I am a second-generation sculptor, studying under my father, Frank J. Niemi (an ornamental iron artist and self-taught sculptor). I learned how to weld at my father's studio in 1968, from the age of 12 until I was 18; my father was a major influence on my style and the craftsmanship that goes into a Niemi sculpture, as well as being taught to look at the world differently than most.
I entered Northern Illinois University in 1974 and graduated in 1981 with a BFA in Sculpture.
I have been welding and creating sculptures for 41 years, full-time for 24 years.