Jerome Mills

Wood / Lafayette, LA

Artist Statement

Above all is his love for working with wood. Creating art with wood is his way of understanding the numinous forces that shape life. His goal is to allow shapes and forms to emerge in sculpture that he hopes will awaken meaning in others the way it does for him.


Jerome Mills is a woodturner in Lafayette, Louisiana. The process of turning, shaping, and sculpting wood is his love. He enjoys the tension he feels as a piece develops. Observing grain patterns and texture evolve, watching for anomalies in the wood that offer a new twist or turn. He describes the environment of his studio as one of endless possibility that is always stirring his curiosity and imagination.
He has worked with wood off and on for 25 years and has been turning wood for a little over two years. He has attended week long workshops with nationally and internationally renowned wood turners and sculptures such as: Warren Carpenter, Christian Buchard, Mark St. Leger, Beth Ireland and Kim Winkle. These workshops have helped him develop his artistic form as well as skill.
He has shown his work at the Lafayette Artist Association and has also participated in a completion were he took 3rd place for his piece 'Little Mistake'.
He is a member of the American Association of Wood turners and a member of the Lafayette Artist Association.