I have always enjoyed sharing stories and creating narratives through my art. This is something innate in my thinking as all the art I enjoy has a narrative, whether fictional, cultural, or historical. With my illustration work, my early influences were sci-fi fantasy art and comic book art. This helped shape my drawing style and background for storyboarding and production art.
My sculpture work was a natural progression as a way to bring my art to life as three-dimensional. As a child, I remember seeing a sculpture with my father at a national park. The sculpture was of an American Indian who was kneeling with one hand lowered, taking a drink from a natural spring. The work was masterful and it inspired me to one day create something similar for my adoptive father’s tribe, who was of Chickasaw descent. Embracing his culture as my own, I’m honored to help preserve it and its history through my art.
I often reflect on my life, where I was born and raised and my ties to Oklahoma. My journey has come full circle bringing me back to the place I call home, enjoying my family and life as an artist.