My education as an artist began very early in life, spending countless hours at my fathers easel, watching him paint fostered what would become a natural progression to my career as an illustrator of the world I love so much.
I was raised in the mountains of Northern Utah, spending time with my family camping and fishing all around the western US, I learned at an early age to love the out of doors and wild places found there.
In 1984 I married Patti, She encouraged me to start my formal training at a University. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Utah State University, Patti and I moved to Connecticut where I would go on to pursue my career as an illustrator in New York City. After five years in the "Big City", the lure of home moved us back to the West.
Settling in the Teton Valley of Idaho, we are surrounded by the great fishing rivers and streams that inspired my father and grandfather to love this part of the country so much.
"I love to paint. Making a picture for me is magical, whether I'm painting a fisherman in his favorite stream or a small child reading about pirates digging for treasure, it doesn't matter to me, it's all about telling a story with imagery. Painting is what I do, it comes as natural to me as walking, I suppose that’s because it 's been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m grateful for the ability to draw and paint and create images that mean something to people."
Patti and I live in Tetonia Idaho with our two great kids. I continue to work as an Illustrator for a variety of clients and publishers and plan to do so as long as they will let me. Tetonia is a place where we can live life at our pace and of course paint some of it as well.
In 2005 I earned my Masters Degree in illustration from Syracuse University. I am presently working on a variety of children’s book projects and I teach illustration classes’ part time at BYU-Idaho.
Member since 2012
Region: Utah/Southern Idaho
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