Father as a Mason in 1971 and San as a Concrete Sculptor in 2011
"Being from Northwest Indiana, I used to run into different residential and commercial building contractors as an adult, who would tell me just how good of a stone and concrete mason my father was. They said he was the best in the area and used to describe him as an artist, not just a mason. I guess I know now where I get my talent from on the sculpturing side of my abilities. My dad always encouraged my art talents with special trips that just the two of us would take to the local art store. He would let me browse the shelves with all of their colorful supplies from brushes, paints, art kits etc. and tell me to pick out anything I wanted. I always found something I wanted and could not wait to get home to create something to show him out of the gift he just gave me."
San's Grandfathers Concrete Mason Business Truck 1953
Sans mother Millie, also came from a background of brick, stone and concrete masons. Millie's father, William Elea, ran his own concrete business in Indiana and most of his sons worked for him pouring concrete and laying brick and stone.