Although I have been encouraged to be creative since I was a child, it is only within recent years I have desired to share my artwork with others. Whether it is through the use of drawing, music, or digital media, I have tried to apply my creativity throughout every aspect of my life.
After receiving my High School diploma from the small farming community of Conrad, Montana in 1987, I attended Montana State University until 1992 where I obtained degrees in Computer Science and Industrial and Management Engineering. It was during this time that I had a semi-formal introduction to drawing through several university offered art courses.
After college, I began working as a professional luthier and CNC technician for the Flatiron Mandolin Company in Belgrade, Montana followed by a couple years at The Gibson Corporation’s acoustic guitar division in Bozeman, Montana after the Flatiron Mandolin Company was closed and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1998, I relocated to Tacoma, Washington and continued my fascination with musical instruments by beginning a career in brass musical instrument repair for Music Centers, Inc.
It wasn’t until 2004, however, that I began to officially draw and pursue the use of watercolor paint as a form of expression. I consider myself primarily self-taught and it has taken several years of experimentation and observation for me to develop a technique with this medium that has allowed me to accurately convey the artistic message I wish to share.
Watercolor paint’s unpredictable nature has shown me the power of allowing this medium to somewhat develop its own path during the creation of a piece and it is this charm that keeps me enamored with the watercolor creative process. It always seems to be the pieces that I feel will never work out early on that turn out to be my finest creative triumphs.
It is with the inspiration of my wife and two children that I am able to continue to develop my skills and it is a mystery as to what the future holds for my work. However, it is my sincere desire that my paintings will continue to surprise, evoke emotion, and give as much pleasure to their viewers as I receive from their creation.