Hello and welcome!
I'm so glad that you stopped by. Please, have a
seat, get comfortable, and let me introduce
I was born in Spokane, Washington, and grew
up in an old farmhouse on the edge of town. I
was an adventurous little boy, constantly
wandering off to explore the creeks, forests,
and cliffs surrounding my house. On more
than one occasion, my mother had to call the
police to report a missing child but I always retuned, usually very dirty and carrying a bizarre plant specimen. As I grew older I became more and more interested in plants, and horticulture and eventually converted most of my backyard into various vegetable breeding projects and experiments.
When I graduated high school in 2004, I was voted "most artistic" but I was still fascinated by horticulture and plant life. I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to devote my life to so I spent a year working as a ski instructor, and as a garden center aid. At the same time, I was also attending art classes at the local community college. But one day when my drawing teacher said I needed to loosen up and draw with more expression and freedom, I took it very personally and figured that art wasn't for me. As soon as I could, I applied to The University of Idaho and their plant science department. I was accepted and left town.
For the next 10 years my horticulture studies and practice would take me all over the country from New Mexico, to Utah, to Tennessee, and even to England. I am truly grateful for all the people that I've met along the way and who have helped make my journey possible. However, in 2015 during a trip to England, I discovered a quote by Vincent van Gogh while exploring a beautiful arboretum. It read, "If you love nature, you will see beauty everywhere." I had always admired Vincent's work and what he believed but there was something new that touched me deep when I read that quotation in that arboretum at that time. From that point forward, I knew for certain, that creating art was indeed, my true path.
In the winter of 2015-16, I left my steady job as a nursery consultant and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Unfortunately, the design school I began attending closed after a year but I found an art atelier in Fort Worth, Texas soon after. At the time, I had never heard of an atelier so, if you are like me and haven't heard of it either, an atelier is the private studio of a professional artist where a principal master and a number of students can work together producing pieces of fine art released under the master's supervision. Every atelier is a little different but I was excited to be accepted into The Texas Academy of Figurative Art directed by Ron Cheek.
After 2 years of study with Ron, I was awarded my mastery of drawing certificate. I continued studying with Ron for another year focused on gaining painting knowledge and skills but in the spring of 2020, with the Covid-19 outbreak and the studio closed, I decided to move back to Spokane.
Why do I paint?
My reasons for painting evolve as life happens and time marches on. I am however, continually fascinated with nature and wild outdoor places. I believe most of humanity right now is in desperate need of protected wild places and easier access to nature. I know that for me personally, I am less tense, less worried, more compassionate, and more creative when in the presence of nature. Through my art work, I wish to convey how I feel about what I see so that you also, can experience the sensations of nature even if you live deep in a city, ten thousand miles away.