- About the Artist -

          I am an Honorably Retired, Combat Wounded veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I have served 8 years in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne and 1st Infantry Divisions as a Combat Engineer Squad Leader. I am a father of three girls and I am luckily still married to my wife Gretchen, whom I have known since middle school. I was raised for most of my life in Great Falls, Montana and I am currently attending the Great Falls College Montana State University in pursuit of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

          I was exposed to painting as part of an Art Therapy Program designed for Wounded Warriors by the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In that class, we were shown how we express our emotions through art and what your art may symbolically represent.  As part of the program, we transitioned from pencil drawings, to color pencils, water colors, and ended on Acrylic Paints.

          Prior to this Therapy Program, I had never painted. I prefer to stick to landscape paintings which feature various terrain aspects from Montana and Colorado, or they are 100% imaginary. After the Art Therapy program, I discovered that Oil Paints are my preferred medium. My work has been seen on The View, donated to multiple Veterans’ Charity organizations across the United States, and is on display at the Great Falls College, Montana State University.