Horse obsession as a child plus lack of an equine meant I drew them monomaniacally out of unrequited love. (I even grew up on a farm! the injustice of it all…). And now I’m an artist. Along the way I discovered there were actually other animals besides horses to draw, and I’ve fallen in love with the wildlife of North America and Africa. I spend many days in the field each year gathering reference material, especially at the National Bison Range and at Montana’s small-town summertime rodeos; I’ve also journeyed to Alaska, South America, and South Africa for my animal subjects.
My artistic career received a big boost when I won the $50,000 Arts for the Parks Grand Prize in 2002; since then, my work has been juried or invited into many national and international exhibitions and auctions, including The Russell, Birds in Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions, Calgary Stampede Western Art Show, American Academy of Equine Art, and Oil Painters of America.
Career highlights and awards of which I’m damn proud include being juried into the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition in London in 2012 and 2013; having my art on the December 2011 cover of “Southwest Art” magazine; winning Best of Show at the Calgary Stampede in 2011; and winning an Award of Excellence from Society of Animal Artists (I’m a Signature member).
My influences include both classic wildlife artists – Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius, Wilhelm Kuhnert – and contemporary / modern artists such as Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn. My work can be found in private and museum collections in the USA and internationally.