I was born in So. California and have been sketching since I was young. My mother has been painting in various mediums for over 60 years and I remember seeing my dad's detailed sketch books when I was a child. In 1976 I began copying the photographs from an Edward S. Curtis book using graphite pencils. In 1977 I moved to Rapid City, S.D. where I bought my own camera and began taking photographs at local and distant Pow Wows, Native American gatherings, ranching events, rodeos, and state fairs. My move to S.D. had expanded my scope of subjects. I was exposed to the 'real' life of the Native Peoples, ranch living in the 20th Century, and the adventure of recreating and experiencing past Native American events, the original cowboy lifestyle, and of rendezvous.
After 10 years of working in 'black and white' I discovered colored pencils and oils. I also began doing wildlife portraits, focusing mainly on buffalo. My artwork has been well received and I've entered many shows in my 30 year professional career, winning awards and becoming recognized by art magazines and galleries.
I am mostly self-taught using my photographs as reference material and have taken some art instruction from oil painters and pastel artists. I have a variety of 'How To...' books, but most of my art education is through trial and error, and experience. About 3 years ago I began working in pastel, finding that it works well for landscape and still life paintings. My work hangs in the permanent collections of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. and with the South Dakota State Fair Board collection. Western Horseman magazine purchased an original pencil portrait of their former publisher, Dick Spencer, and sold limited edition prints through their magazine. My oil painting, 'Vaquero' was featured on the cover of Muzzleloader magazine and I've had a profile article published in the Art of the West magazine. Equine Images magazine published an article about myself and my artwork in the Fall of 1988. Most recently my work is for sale through Prairie Edge Gallery in Rapid City, S.D. and available through the Appleshed in Cedaredge, Co. Open edition prints are also available through Fine Art America, an On-line gallery.
It takes time to research each subject to make sure all aspects of it are correct before I begin working. And each piece of art is rendered in detail, taking 2 days to 6 weeks to complete. My work is my Joy and it's brought me the freedom to live in and among Nature, presenting a facet of the natural world that I observe in a beautiful and unique way.