I was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1964. The eleventh of twelve children, my parents encouraged me at an early age to pursue drawing and painting, allowing my natural talents to develop without formal training. Growing up in Roswell I was exposed to and influenced by regional artists such as Peter Hurd, Luis Jimenez, Elmer Schooley, Howard Cook and Georgia O’Keefe, through many repeat visits to Roswell Museum of Art.
I paint to tell the stories of New Mexico, the stories told to me by my grandfather, my mother, and my friends and neighbors of the Embudo Valley; as well as the land itself. I believe these stories, when recreated properly, transcend our region and become universal.
My wife Christen is also an artist and we collaborate on framing my paintings using her creative salvage arts talents. Our greatest collaboration has been our three children: Grayson, Sage, and Makaela—all amazing young adults pursuing their own creative paths.
I have been a professional painter for over twenty-five years. I received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016. I have been represented by Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over eighteen years.
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