My artistic training combines a great deal of teaching myself along with a little academic training. I never really considered the idea of art as a career, so my focus was always on the fun of art. In college I took as many art classes as I could, simply because I loved them, not because I ever imagined I would do something beyond a hobby. Even if I never considered an art major or thinking of a career in art, I continued my personal goal of educating myself in painting, drawing, ceramics and printmaking.
Thinking my education and future required something other than art I graduated with a degree in history and eventually a masters degree, which lead me to a direction I love, teaching. My first teaching job was as a high school studio art teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. When I left Alaska my teaching career became primarily focused on History, Humanities, Comparative World Religions and Philosophy, all of which I've been teaching for the past 14 years.
My "new" career as an artist was preceded by a long list of careers that have shaped both me personally and the art I do today. I've been teaching 11th and 12th grade History and Comparative Religions at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho, for the past nine years. Prior to moving to Boise I spent several years living and teaching in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (not a typo - I did live in Central Asia), eight years teaching in Central Oregon and a few years learning to teach in Alaska.
As I developed a teaching career I was a long time fly fishing guide on some of the greatest rivers on earth. I spend six summers as a guide on the Deschutes River in central Oregon working for the Flyfisher's Place out of Sisters, Oregon. Before guiding in Oregon I was a guide for Tikchik Narrows lodge in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska.
My interests beyond fishing include travel, and I've been fortunate to travel to over 50 countries around the world in search of both fish and adventure. I love to follow my wife in a kayak down the countless whitewater rivers in Idaho, ski the Idaho backcountry, ride single track on my mountain bike, sleep under the stars and show my nine year old daughter why camping in a tent is better than just about anything else a person can do.