Born in Arizona, I spent most of my adolescence on a ranch in Double Adobe near the US/Mexico border. My fathers job as a rancher and conservationist took my family from Virginia to California and places in between. The time I spent on the Navajo Reservation as a boy left a strong impression and is often a source of inspiration for my work. I enjoyed drawing as long as I can remember. I now work predominantly as an oil painter, but I still like to explore other mediums like gouache, pastel, and clay.
I enjoy teaching art and have taught all ages and many different mediums. I also continue to further hone my own skills taking classes when I can. Art is my passion. It is the way I live my life and how I see the world. I currently work in three main genres: Western, Figurative/Classical Portraiture, and a contemporary style of Mexican folk art. Often my artwork is narrative in style – depicting people and places that I know – other times the narrative takes on a more dream-like form.
C.M. Russell Art Auction Invited artist2021, 2022
Pastel Society Of Southern California 2020, 2021
Art Renewal Center Finalist2019
Art Renewal Center Semi Finalist 2021
U.S. Pentagon Art Gallery, commissioned portrait2021
Barrio Art Show Invited Artist2019,2020
Summer Art Fest, invited artist 2020, 2021, 2022 (Best of Show)
Mountain Oyster Club Juried Art Show 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2019,2020
Loteria Art Show-Invited Artist 2018
Au Natural Juried Art Show 2017
Gage Academy Art Show 2017
TSUGA Gallery Protest Art Show 2017
Friends of Western Art Scholarship 2003, 2004, 2005