Native to North Central Montana, I was born into a cultural greatness of hard-working family, friends and neighbors that lived the farming and ranching lifestyle. At a very young age I found myself inclined to draw, paint and sculpt. Although much of my early work was committed to portraits and western landscapes in oil, I also found illustrated charcoal as a unique medium. I am inspired by the many art genres, but more especially by those that make their talent their living. In my twenties, my father introduced me to Montana artist Bob Scriver, and in my thirties it was the illustrations of James Bama that deeply cultivated my desire for realism and illustration.