I was born and raised in the Midwest of the United States in a town called Flint, Michigan also known as Vehicle City. I took an interest in drawing and painting wildlife around the age of 8 years old. I have a great passion for the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.
After spending time serving my country in the Army, I decided it was time to spend my life living in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Washington State. How could anybody that loves fishing leave this place? Even, better if you love to paint fish; is there a better place to be?
I have not been formally educated in the use of a paint brush or any other form of art. It has been a long road of trial and error, success and disappointment. My career as a serious artist started around 2009. I was challenged by an old friend to paint a watercolor of a brook trout that he caught in an Alpine Lake in the Cascade Mountains. When I completed the painting and seen his reaction, that’s when I knew I wanted to take the path of becoming a better artist and painter.
When I can ignite that memory, of a fishing experience such as a fish, a fly or of someone that was with them that day. To trigger that emotion or memory of that special day for them, I did my job as a watercolor artist.