I live in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in northwest Georgia. My surroundings of woodlands and rolling hills provide the creative influence and ample environment for discovering the natural elements which are designed into my art. My bloodline carries that of my father’s Native American Cherokee ancestry to the blue-eyed Dutch of my mother. Viewers of my work have suggested a “tribal” look is present in certain pieces. My heritage combined with the conceptual theory and contemporary design principles of American Art training, plus mentorship and critique with classically taught artist from Italian and other European schools of thought, have guided me to this path of observational Realism inclusive with my own aesthetic insight. I also stray into fanciful narrative, on occasion, and create artwork with various mediums which may incorporate trompe l’oeil stain glass or collage elements from nature.