As an artist and former jockey of 16
years, I have a passion for painting horses, thoroughbreds,
racing scenes, and a large variety of subjects.
I was born in Trinidad, Colorado and grew
up 27 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming. My Grandfather, the
only horseman in the family at the time, introduced me to
horses at a young age.
Following high school, My father
convinced me to delay my racing career in lieu of higher
education. I went to Casper Junior College, in Casper,
Wyoming and majored in art. After finishing school the
thought of making my lively hood as an artist, was not as
appealing as becoming a jockey. I pursued becoming a jockey
with a passion. Three years later, I was riding at
Centennial Race track in Littleton, Colorado.
I spent the next ten years, successfully
racing thoroughbreds at major tracks in the west and
mid-west. In 1983, a bad racing accident interrupted my
career for a year and a half. The surgeon said my right leg
was crushed from knee to ankle, I did not know if I would
ever walk again, much less ride. I used the recovery time
constructively by taking drawing classes at a local art
college in Phoenix, Arizona.
doctor told me I would never ride again. But, the lure of
the horse was still more powerful, and after a year and a
half of physical therapy I recovered and returned to racing
for another six years. I needed to return to the racetrack
because I needed to prove to myself that I could still
perform as a Jockey. I knew I would leave the racetrack at
some point, but I wanted to walk away from that part of my
life with my heart complete. In 1991, I stopped racing but
continued to be an active exercise rider for morning
workouts at the racetrack. This allowed me more time
to pursue a career as an artist.
I now make my home in upstate New York,
near Saratoga Springs. I work full time as an artist and I
paint a large variety of subjects, in addition to equine