Q:Where do you live?
A: I live in Beaumont, California.
Q:What mediums do you work in?
A: I work with mostly a number 2 pencil and graphite. I also work with charcoal and black ink while designing tattoos.
Q:Of these, what is your favorite?
A: My favorite medium is probably graphite. It blends very easily and gets very smooth.
Q:What are your other hobbies, and are they related to your artwork?
A: I love to hunt; I have been hunting since I was about 4 and am still crazy about it. It’s in my blood along with fishing. Anything that has to do with the outdoors I’m there. I also love and respect animals. I have some of my own and love them very dearly.
Q:How did you get started and what was the evolution of your style?
A: I started when I could hold a pencil. My mom and grandma used to sit me down and teach me how to draw. I loved it but would always get them to draw stuff for me. By the time I was in middle school. They stopped drawing for me and my talents were pretty strong. I started taking a lot of art classes but wasn’t learning much and couldn’t understand why. I then started to realize that I was learning more when I would just look at other artwork. I would teach myself new techniques and ways to draw certain things. I am very self-taught and I guess it just worked best for me.
Q:What goals do you have for your artwork, what does the future hold?
A: I want to be a well know custom artist. I want to have a large waiting list of artwork for people. I hope I am a very successful animal artist.
Q:Is there a message behind your artwork?
A:I want to show the love I have for animals, as well as how I love to fish and hunt. Much of my artwork reflects on this.
Q:Is there a theme to your work?
A: I love to focus on wildlife and pets and how realistic I can make them look.
Q:What or who inspires you?
A: Animals, hunting and fishing are heavy influences for sure. I see a lot out there and I like to capture it in my artwork.
Q:What has been the hardest project, or what is the hardest aspect of you art?
A: It had to my yellowfin tuna drawing that started my underwater work. I remember being very nervous about that drawing. I had to take a week off of it just so I didn’t go crazy. When I finally finished I was very proud and the customer was even happier. To this day that drawing is still one of my favorites.
Q:What brings you the most satisfaction or sense of accomplishment?
A: The look on my customers face when it is finished is priceless, and I get a lot of compliments, which is really rewarding.
Q:Tell us more about yourself?
A: I am a hunter that respects animals. I know it’s hard to understand, but I’ve been that way my whole life. I have a lot of fun fishing and hunting and when I’m able to relax, I love just soaking in the beauty of animals.
This is how I am and I want to keep it that way.