Being one-eighth Cherokee and growing up in New Mexico surrounded by art created by Pueblo Indians, I have a deep-rooted respect for the Native American culture and I am fascinated with their ancestral beliefs and the exquisite craftsmanship and symbolic stylization in their arts and crafts. Some of my other favorite subjects include ranch life, mountain men, wild west settlers, portraiture, landscapes and wildlife. I like to tell stories through my paintings—that’s part of the reason why I chose to focus on the West. I grew up surrounded by Western culture, it is a part of my soul. The ideas of freedom and independence and the mix of cultures over two hundred years in the West create a never-ending resource of imagery that can tell stories to elicit every emotion possible and provide a rich palette for my unique expression of beauty.
My love of travel is a close second to my love of art, and my work is constantly influenced by the various cultures, artworks, and surroundings I experience. Travels to China, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, and other parts of the United States have been perceptually rewarding and enlightening. To me, life is a visual feast. I see new colors, textures and light effects every day that I wish I could share in a painting.
I regret that life is too short to produce all the magnificent images that are in my mind’s eye.