About the Artist
The love of art and nature became apparent very early in my years as a young child growing up in Birmingham, Michigan, I was always sketching and painting animals. I not only drew what came to mind but used books as a reference for detail.
During my senior year at Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana, I was selected as the artist to paint the portrait of the school mascot to be displayed in the Administration Building. During this same period I was also awarded an instructional scholarship at the John Heron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana.
My educational background consists of attendance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, as an art major, as well as Michigan State University and Wayne County Community College where I was enrolled in their Veterinary Technology Program. I graduated from Wayne County Community College in 1984 with a degree as a certified Veterinary Technician. Throughout my college years, much of my time was spent painting wildlife with watercolor as well as on canvas.
While working as a Veterinary Technician I became interested in sculpting animals from clay after taking a ceramics course at a community college. A local miniature shop owner began selling my sculptures, which ultimately led to my sculpting custom pet portraits from photographs. Soon this became my main focus.
In 1985, I submitted samples of my creations to The Nutshell News, one of the leading miniature publications. They ran a feature article on my sculptures entitled “You Can Buy Love”. From that point on, I found myself extremely busy and continued sculpting animal portraits for the next four years.