I feel having grown up on the central coast of California with its incredible beauty contributed to my development as an artist. Also born with the “horse gene” in my system, my entire focus as a child was on horses, training, riding, showing. Reaching adulthood, I then progressed to galloping thoroughbreds on the tracks in both California and Florida.
When not riding and in the so called “off hours” I began a self taught study of black and white fine art photography in galleries, museums and eventually apprenticed photographers in Santa Fe. I then started photo commission work for owners and trainers on the track using turn of the century archival printing processes.
Further inspired by the great artists in landscape, equine and western art, specifically the 19th century British artists led me to begin drawing and painting. I was always curious how to better express what I was seeing, to better portray the ‘essence’ of the scene or the horse. My focus grew from drawing to watercolors, then pastels. And I found collectors and horsemen alike also appreciated the new work.
Eventually demand increased to painting full time commissioned work for owners and trainers in the horse industry and creating originals of landscape and western art. For me it has been the best of both worlds and I feel really fortunate.