Art is so trendy and visual art is a tough field since as soon as one gets proficient at a medium or style it becomes obsolete since the intelligent and educated public demands innovation and cutting edge experiences.
I have sold my work since 1967 in various small galleries, zoos and nature centers. My first gallery sale was at Raach's gallery in the Kansas City Country Club Plaza in 1967.
I'm working in painting and illustration mostly since I was 15 years old when I discovered I could out draw everyone I knew. Some of these I out drew ended up being very successful artists in the "art world". I'm committed to natural history and wildlife illustration as well as sculpture and painting of landscapes and what ever interests me.
I've supported my interest in making pictures and sculpture by working in the zoology field in several zoos and nature centers in America. Eventually by the time I reached my 30th birthday I went into business for myself as a commercial illustrator and sign painter. Today I'm retired from all that and have been showing my fine art paintings and sculptures in art festivals and galleries. My life interests outside of making art is adventure travel particularly in Africa.....a place of my dreams as yet.
I'm a naturalist and all around outdoorsman who likes to paint, sculpt and draw. Even when I was in the Army I was painting murals in mess halls in Europe and the numbers on tanks, jeeps and armoured cars.
My grandfather was an established earchitect and artist who worked in Europe but mostly in Brazil where he designed high rise office buildings in Sao Paulo. He won awards at the World's Fair Expo '67 in Montreal for building the tallest building in Brazil.
Wildlife art became my vocation since I grew up as a little child in the Everglades of South Florida in Wuachula, in Punta Gorda, and in Coral Springs. Scientists and herpetologists welcomed my field collection work. I published my first scientific article at the age of 15 after moving to Missouri.
I have known and worked with a few well know painters, illustrators and sculptors who have all bee great to have known but most are gone now; Dennis Anderson, illustrator, wildlife painter&sculptor any many living artists have been encouraging to me but too many to mention here.
Nature is God which is greater than any art which humans can make with their hands and mind. Knowing this fact inspires me to try to reflect my impression of God's creatures in the form of art. I have a large collection of research photos in order to produce accurate illustrations of wildlife. In addition I'm actively involved in the propagation of endangered species throughout the world by promoting conservation as opposed to exploitation of wildlife for capital gain.
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