I've been drawing for most of my life. I can remember trying to draw things at the age of five. I grew up drawing cars, people and airplanes. I wanted to be an Air Force fighter pilot but my eyes weren't good enough. You can't pull 8Gs while wearing glasses. I joined the Air Force and retired after 25 years. It was fun. I saw a lot of things and did things that I would never have done otherwise.
I'm a member of the Air Force Art Program and I contribute to the Air Force Art Collection every year. I have been an active member for 24 years. I think I was blessed to be selected as one of a very select group of artists. I was one of 155 entries and 1 of only 11 people who were selected that year. I have artwork hanging on many Air Force Bases, a few air museums and a couple universities in Illinois.
I specialize in portraits and aviation art. That may sound a little strange being that these two things seem to be at different ends of the spectrum. The two are directly related when you look at it. People fly aircraft and you have to put the figure in the aircraft when it is airborne. You will see the pilots and crew in the aircraft I draw. A lot of my aircraft drawings are a tribute to the men and women who fly and fight.
I spent 25 years in the Air Force and I have no regrets. My life experiences have made me into the person I am. Since I couldn't fly for the Air Force, I wanted to become a graphic illustrator but the Air Force needed vehicle operators more than artists. So I became a vehicle operator/dispatcher. That was my Specialty for my entire career but my jobs varied like the changing of the wind. I've worked everything from driving 18 wheelers to international custom clearances. Your job may say one thing but you duties can have you doing just about anything. So I can say my Air Force career was not boring. I've been the war zone several times and that was NO fun but you take the good with the bad. I survived it and the dreams have stopped. I think I'm back to normal. Art helps and it helped me over there as well. I did a few drawings while I was in Iraq but not so much during Desert Storm. I was little more afraid during Desert Storm. I had made peace with god and believe that if it was my time then so be it.
I would like to thank everyone who visited my DA webpage. May your skies be blue and your days long and fruitful.
Current Residence: Belleville, IL
Favourite genre of music: R&B
Favourite style of art: Realism
Personal Quote: Never speak out of anger because after it leaves your lips, it is history and can't be changed.