I was born in 1954 in Alliance Nebraska. I still make my home here and have worked for the BNSF Railway since 1974. I have always had an interest in art. I remember drawing horses and other things in grade school for students in my class. I did take a few short art courses when I was young, but I seem to enjoy reading about different techniques and also experimenting on my own.
I am therefore basically a self taught artist, getting most of my information from books and videos by several different artists that I admire. I continued my interest in art through the years by doing various things. I built furniture and cabinets for a short time in the 70’s through the 80’s as a hobby. I tried sculpture in the late 80’s and 90’s creating full figure bronzes of professional baseball players.
These bronze sculptures were made on commission for the players exclusively. When I started lettering and illustrating safety signs for our railroad facility in Alliance in the late 70’s it led to a rekindled interest in drawing and painting. I have illustrated many posters, signs, cartoons, logos etc., for the railroad since then.
My first train painting was titled “High Country Thunder” and now resides in BNSF Railway’s Fort Worth Corporate Offices with four others, ” Autumn Titans”, “Sandhills Fury”, “Sagebrush and Steel”, and “Come Rain or Shine”. I started an annual train painting in 2000 with “Giants in the Mist”. I added a lone deer to “High Country Thunder” that only close inspection of the print reveals it. In 2002 I started adding wildlife more prominantly to the paintings. On September 1, 2014 I retired from the railroad with 40 years of service. I will still be illustrating and painting though.