Tony began his adult life as an artist in 1991, with a three-year work/apprenticeship at Arcosanti, an architectural project of Paulo Soleri. While there, he did work in sand-cast bronze and ceramics, as well as structural and ornamental work. He returned to the Finger Lakes to attend Alfred University for an intensive year of studio and class work in sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, and continued his self-styled apprenticeship at Artwork Foundry in Berkeley, CA—the largest foundry on the west coast.
At Artwork, Tony assisted with the projects of many well-known sculptors, and worked in a professional environment that improved his skills and allowed for the creation of a large body of his own work. This work was shown at galleries and in exhibitions from San Francisco to Santa Fe.
He then moved to Mendocino, where he began a two-year residency at the Mendocino Arts Center where he started a sculpture program and taught adult classes in bronze casting. While there, Tony recruited master artists to teach stone carving, blacksmithing and bronze casting, and continued to create his own work, explore new media, which included forged steel and carved stone. It was during this time that he began working with Gwen Quigley, now his wife, to teach and create with natural materials and create collaborative sculpture for private and public commissions and resale.
Gwen and Tony came to the Finger Lakes region 11 years ago, and they continue to teach and work collaboratively, doing many public and private commissions for architectural elements and both permanent and temporary large-scale sculpture. They continue to teach art workshops and provide demonstrations for a number of public schools, art centers, senior centers, youth centers, and private students.