I grew up on a ranch in central Texas near the small town of Hico, population 900. In 1974 I received a bachelor of architecture degree from Texas Tech University where I also studied art and painting. It was also in 1974 that I first moved to San Antonio and began working as an architect in the planning department of The San Antonio Development Agency.
In 1975 I left SADA to work with Cerna, Garza, and Raba for 1 year. I spent the remainder of my career as an architect at the prestigious San Antonio firm of Ford, Powell, and Carson where I was utilized primarily for conceptual drawings and delineation work. After 1978 I began painting full time. For a period of years, my work was exhibited in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, and included in a series of competitions where I regularly won awards.
In 1981 I was commissioned by MOKA, a publishing company to design the first Texas Folklife Festival poster. This image of the longhorn cow with a balloon tied to her horn has become a familiar symbol of the nationally recognized annual festival. Also in 1981 I created the painting for the cover of the Christmas catalog for the Frost Brothers Department Store chain. This idea of a wreath made of prickly pear cactus is considered to be a traditional southwestern decoration during the holiday season. It was this painting that inspired the creation of actual wreaths. It was during this same period that I moved to New York, where I lived and worked for five years, regularly returning to San Antonio where I kept a studio.
In 1984 I was commissioned by The Joffrey Ballet to create a painting for the ballet “JAMBOREE” choreographed by Gerald Arpino. The ballet with my front curtain made it’s world premiere in San Antonio in June of 1984, and it’s New York premiere at Lincoln Center in March of 1985. I also created the first scenic backdrop for the cult play TUNA CHRISTMAS by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard. TUNA CHRISTMAS, along with my painting was performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush in 1990.
I now reside in San Antonio, where I continue to paint and exhibit my work throughout the country and abroad. I teach watercolor painting at The Coppini Academy of fine art and Southwest School of Art San Antonio, Texas.