I have been painting and drawing since I was a toddler, and grew up a homeschooled child in rural Butler, Missouri. When I was 15, I entered the 2006 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. My entry titled "Morning Swim" featuring a Redhead drake won Best Of Show for the state of Missouri, and was then selected as the first place winner of the national 2006 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. I entered the following two years and won third place both times. Since graduating from high school in 2009, I have entered the Federal Duck Stamp Contest three times, scoring 6th place in the 2011 contest with a single blue-winged teal drake. The contest has introduced me to the competitive world of wildlife art where I have made valuable connections and met some great artists. In the summer of 2013 I participated as a feature artist in the making of the film The Million Dollar Duck, a feature length documentary about the making of the Federal Duck Stamp. Currently I am trying to earn my private pilot certificate while working for the U.S. Postal Service as a substitute rural carrier.
Although my style is mainly focused on realism of North American wildlife, I enjoy other styles of art including surrealism, art nouveau, and conceptual art, and occasionally experiment with different media.
Artists who inspire my work are:
Best of Show - 2013 "Ike" Parker Memorial Art Show (Clinton, MO)
First Place - 2013 Nevada Duck Stamp Contest
Best of show - 2012 "Ike" Parker Memorial Art Show
First place - 2011 75th anniversary Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program art contest
First place - 2006 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Best of show - 2009 Missouri Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Best of show - 2008 Missouri Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Best of show - 2006 Missouri Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Third place - 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Third place - 2008 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
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