I was born in Southwest Missouri. At the age of three, my family moved to Washington State where my father managed a dairy farm. This is when I developed a love for majestic mountains, wildlife and my American Indian heritage. Every fall the Indians would come to work in the hop fields. I vividly remember watching them dance and sing in the evenings. I was able to see their tipis and experience their culture first-hand. These things have been the inspiration for nearly every piece I create.
I began drawing mountains and wildlife as soon as I could hold a pencil and remember telling my mother as the ripe age of six, that, “I want to be an artist.” With no formal training, I began painting in oils at the age of sixteen. Over the years, I had always wanted to sculpt and in 1992 I created my first sculpture out of beeswax. Sculpting came naturally to me and I immediately decided that is where I belong. I started using clay as opposed to beeswax, learned the technique of casting bronze, and in 1995 set up a foundry to cast my own work using the lost wax process. In the last few years, I have expanded my foundry to create more pieces, as well as increase casting, showing and setting up galleries.
I have lived in Bruner, Missouri with my wife Carol for 38 years. We have two daughters, Ambrea and Tina, and three grandsons, Taylor, Austin and Easton.