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Defining the West
|My story as an artist has evolved over the course of my life,
until it has developed into my passion.
Since a small child, I've loved discovering the history and the stories that
defined the West. Looking back on my childhood, there were three events that
formed the basis for my fascination in the history of our young nation.
I was fortunate to grow up in a small valley tucked along the
Central Coast of California. The little gem of a town I was raised in, the Santa Ynez
Valley, was steeped with a wealth of ranching and cowboy traditions. It ignited a
passion for appreciating the different breeds of horses, as well as the horsemanship
traditions developed by the Spaniards and the early California settlers.
My curiosity for understanding the culture of Native Americans
which documented the changes of a Native American losing his culture,
finding a path in an uncertain existence,
and cultivating his existence in a new environment.
Within that same year, I discovered a love for steam trains,
the romance of travelling unexplored lands via rail, and the impact the
Transcontinental Railroad had on settling and taming the Wild West.
These three events shaped the country we call home.
They are all deeply connected and intertwined.
They all left an indelible mark on our country,
but it is a mark that defines the West and makes for
vivid tales and romance that has fueled many young minds along the way.
It certainly has formed the foundation that has enveloped my creativity and
inspired me to understand and appreciate the complex events
that formed our young nation. The artifacts, animals and history
incorporated into each piece of artwork help to cultivate my passion.
My goal is not to redefine history, or glamorize it into something it is not,
but to draw upon the events that shaped our nation and share the history,
igniting an appreciation for the people and the events that defined the West.