Painting cowboys, horses, cattle, and
the wide open spaces of the American Southwest is a challenge that excites me. The horse is
a powerful animal, and watching
the grace and beauty of a well trained horse perform
calls for trying to capture it's movements on canvas or paper.
I have been on cattle drives, rodeos, and
many ranches in my career as artist, and have taken numerous photos
and done many sketches from which I do a drawing on tracing
paper first for composition and structure, then I transfer it to
my canvas or paper. I
use strong color which I apply over
an under painting where I establish my values and color.
I have been painting professionally for the past 35 years,
but have practiced and trained in my chosen
profession most of my life. This includes studying
drafting at the university of Michigan, for a short time.
I have instructed both oil painting and watercolor for 10 years at San Juan College, Farmington,
Teachers who have been a positive influence in my career
include: Bob Tommy, Ben Konis, Lee K. Parkinson, Randy
Follis, and Curt Walters.
Publications include "Art of the American West", a featured
article in Western Horseman Magazine, and The Rocky
Mountain Rider Magazine.
Fortunately my paintings are included in many private and
corporate collections throughout the United States.