Ever since I was a little kid I have had strong interests in natural history, and have, at different times of my life, amassed collections of everything from insects to animal skulls and from sea shells to reptiles and amphibians. I have also always been an artist. The subject matter of my artwork reveals my passions, as it does for many artists, but I have taken it a bit further in the series of drawings I call "Insect Narratives." After completion of the drawing, I write the story of the adventures of
On the Autana River, off the Orinoco, in Amazonas, Venezuela
my personal experience in my pursuit of that particular bug. Some stories are certainly more exciting than others, but I like to tell people that the specimens in my insect collection are like photos in an old family album. When you see that picture, all the memories of that time and place, even sounds and smells, can come flooding back, and that is exactly what transpires as I pour over the dried insects in my boxes. I have one small frame of beetles that are dated as early as 1965, when I was only 9 years old, and I can still remember the circumstances of finding those beetles, the oldest in my collection. I also have an affinity for all things Texas (being a cousin 9 times removed to Col. William Travis of the Alamo) and cannot help myself from doing subjects synonomous with the Lone Star State. I work mostly on paper in different media, from technical pens to soft pastels, and some rather unorthodox combinations of such. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have poured my life into and maybe you will even find a piece that you just can't live without!
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I love nature and consider myself a bit of a naturalist, having studied and collected insects, birds, plants, reptiles and amphibians, sea shells and animal skulls since I was just a kid.
I often use a Pigma Micron .005 technical pen for much of my smaller works, and sometimes add color to the images by stumping pastels into the paper surface and then erasing with a kneaded rubber eraser.
I was once a "professional bug collector" which allowed my brother and son and I to travel the world chasing childhood dreams. I now teach drawing and design at a major university in my hometown as a Senior Lecturer.
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