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Ft. Collins, Colorado is my home and birthplace. Although I have spent 28 years as a teacher in elementary education, I have spent my summer months outside painting mountain valleys, rivers, the old farms and historic homes, portraits, florals, just about anything that catches my emotional energy. The best painting education has been spending endless hours behind an easel, experimenting, scrubbing out, repainting, finding what works for me. The Colorado landscape and many of the rural farm scenes have been a constant inspiration and source of subject matter for my paintings. I love to go backpacking into the wilderness, taking my paints, brushes, canvases and easel and paint a morning and afternoon painting. Sometimes an animal such as an elk or deer may cross my path and becomes the subject of a painting. I have had several great workshop experiences working with Howard Carr and painting in Idaho with famed Russian Impressionist, Ovanes Berberian. My friend and fellow painting buddy, Dewain Stoll, has also been an inspiration to me during our many trips to the Poudre River to paint plein air (paint on location). I have always had a passion for painting the human face and have developed my portrait skills over the years, gaining valuable experience from my membership in the Ft. Collins Portrait Painters. My wife Melandy and I are blessed with son, Jeb, daughter Kate and son-in-law Kevin, and three grandchildren.