I was was born in Dallas, Texas and roamed the green hills of east Texas until age twelve. At that time I moved to Tucson to cure my chronic asthma. It worked. I thrived in the desert. Always drawing and painting, I attended the University of Arizona, getting a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Art History.
I have been painting for over 45 years in oils and acrylics, as well as digital painting with Photoshop. I also use several other mediums such as gouache, casein, watercolor and colored pencil. I paint everything that catches my interest. Some of my favorites subjects are landscapes, cityscapes, still life, botanicals, fantasy, historic and scientific. I've painted everything from 50 foot historic murals to 4 inch landscapes.
I've shown paintings in galleries, worked on private commissions and freelanced in the commercial illustration field for many many years. I have done educational illustration for most of the major publishers, including MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, SRA, and many others. In 1998 I started work on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan for Pima County - work that would stretch over the next 10 years. I did hundreds of illustrations, report covers, maps, charts, and even created the website.
During this time, I was also commissioned by Pima County, the National Park Service, and the Arizona Department of Transportation to create 11 signs to go along the historic Anza trail as it winds through southern Arizona.
I still live in Tucson, at the northern end of the Sonoran Desert, and have a large garden of native and exotic flora and fauna.