I have always been interested in art. I was one of those grade school kids that could draw well and would tend to draw a crowd (no pun intended) during art time.
At the age of 9 my mother brought home a book on Michelangelo and I was spellbound. I determined then and there that I would be an Artist when I grew up.
I took as many classes in High school as was allowed, spent time at BYU, an associates at S.L Community college and finished up at USU in Logan Utah. My emphasis was in Illustration, with a minor in Japanese and as an Art major used guitar classes to fulfill humanity credits.
After school, not wanting to move to NY or LA I ended up Illustrating and doing graphic design for the next 14 years. During this time I continued my fine art education by going to regular life drawing groups and taking workshops from Masters such as Richard Schmid, Zhang Wenzin and portrait artist Daniel Green. Learning to paint and sculpt is an ongoing process and I will be a student for life.
I don't have any deep philosophical messages or reasons for painting I paint and sculpt because I must. I try to record the beauty around me. My only hope would be that the feelings and emotions that stir me for any given subject might be felt by the viewer and somehow enrich their lives.