Since I was a small child, I have loved to draw. I have also been horse crazy all my life. I used to copy the funnies and draw horses from "Western Horseman" magazine. I am a compulsive doodler. My notes from high school and college, have the margins filled with doodles.
In 1978, I graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in Art, Education and Biology. I moved to Wyoming and eventually ended up working in the oilfields near Thermopolis. I wanted to work outside and the oilfields had the best pay! Days off were spent in the mountains, packing into the wilderness, climbing the high peak and doing watercolor paintings, on the spot.
In 1993, I left the oilfields and began guiding my own, week long horseback rides, known as Renegade Rides, Ten Sleep Wyoming. Besides being the guide, I would also sell my art to the guests. People in the UK, Belgium, France, Japan and other countries have my art!
In 2015, I retired from the rides and took a job, spraying weeds, horseback, in the mountains south of Cody WY. This job took me into the high country, among the elk, and grizzlies. I love it up among the high peaks, strong winds and storms. Mother Nature has always inspired me with the dramatic, beauty and power displayed in the high country. Winter is a great time to paint, drawing inspiration from my time spent in the high country.
Watercolor, acrylic inks, and acrylic pours, are my medium of choice. The transparent, spontaneous, flowing characteristics, the vibrant washes, lend themselves perfectly, to capturing the ever-changing landscapes and colorful life around us. Nature is ever changing. Painting with watercolors and ink, are the same. I am not concerned with photographic realism, but prefer the 'happy accidents', that can give you a good feeling, that looks good and evokes emotion. I like it when a painting makes you feel good. There are plenty of negatives in the world. I prefer the beauty.