Cave Creek, AZ
"Like all true artists, my inspiration has been the defining factor in my work. As I often say, “The West is my inspiration. . . every cloud, every critter, every colorful character.” Anyone that has visited my studio, named Twisted Fire Studio, can see this inspiration on every wall and every square inch of space. “Fire is so often related to passion and my passion is art. Twisted Fire comes from the many directions art has taken my life and now I am creating art that is close to my heart . . .my passion.” Born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, raised in Albuquerque, and spending 40 years in Arizona, I have spent my life in the Southwest, surrounded by the inspiration that drives my passion. I draw, paint and sculpt characters and scenes from the Old West in what I term romantic realism. I like to tell stories through my art and the characters that I portray. Most of my reference material is from photo shoots while traveling around the country researching Native Americans of the Great Plains and the Pueblos of the Southwest. Their spirit lives within me and is passed on through chalk, paint and clay. "