Its the figures from the historic West that inspire my paintings. I get a joy and an excitement out of creating these endearing people of the West in oil. Its their energy, vigor, spirit, and simple joy of living that I strive to capture.
I grew up drawing, dreaming of being a cartoonist way back in high school. I studied painting in Raleigh, with Alia El-Bermani, at the Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art and at ArtSpace. (Alia now teaches at her own studio; Alia Fine Art Studios).
Though I occasionally respond to disasters in such places as Iraq and Haiti with Samaritan's Purse, I am retired and paint almost every day. My wife and I live in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, though frequent trips put us often in the Western U.S. And I'm on my horses, Charlie and Jedidiah, as often as weather allows.