I grew up in Texas and like most people, I started drawing when I was a child. I doodled on anything that would take a pencil mark and often left behind some remanence of a dinosaur, animal, or caricature. As I grew older my friends and teachers encouraged my work which in turn motivated me to keep drawing. I was never a student of the 'arts' but was always inclined to pursue realism and found my skills improved through my grade school years. I was always told the old lie that "you can't make money being an artist" and even though I was skilled in my craft, I was convinced to keep it a hobby. It wasn't until my college years that I was offered payment for a requested piece (from someone other than a relative) - and I suddenly realized that my work was profitable. I studiously turned to learning techniques, processes, and all the nuances of being an artist. In realizing God had gifted me, I nurtured a newfound passion for the artist journey.
I joined the United States Marine Corps in 2012 and continued to develop my artistic skills as time permitted and eventually became a designated artist for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Through the historical collection effort of the Combat Art Program, I've illustrated deployed units in Djibouti, Norway and Iraq, as well as domestic training events and operations. These unique opportunities have provided further growth, exposure, and professional development as an artist and student of my craft.
Today, I continue to create work that reflects my patriotism and love for life. I'm inspired by both the rich and mundane subject matter. I believe there is something to be said for things often overlooked and I strive to invite my viewers to see what I see. As I walk this journey of being an artist, I hope that you find the interest and enjoyment out of work like I do in creating it.