I’ve been told that I’ve been drawing since I was about three. By age six, I was enrolled in an art class…for adults. There, I produced my first pastel still life; a sombrero and serape on a chair. It placed at a competition where the venue was my home town’s local armory. Childhood illness forced me to miss a lot of school, where alone, I drew and drew, mostly civil and world war panoramas and football players. In my high school senior year, I illustrated all the covers of our home football game programs.

Civil War pencil drawing

Imaginary Civil War battle. Rebs on defense. Color pencil. Age 14.


After I got a design degree and entered the work world, I all but stopped sketching recreationally. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve taken it up again. Now it’s one of the most gratifying things I do.