Conley, a third generation Oregonian, has worked in many art forms, from painting and photography to wood sculpture. He studied sculpture at the University of Oregon, and has pursued many art forms while working as a contractor. As a member and officer of Sequoia Gallery + Studios he worked to support the work of local artists.
When contemplating a new piece of natural wood, Conley lets his intuition guide him and starts carving. Negative spaces, the parts he carves away, are as important as the positive spaces, the wood that remains. He wants the eye to travel in and out to appreciate the cavities, colors, and textures.