Like most people, I’ve loved creating art since childhood. I seemed to have a talent for drawing at a young age, but I never cultivated it other than occasional drawings for my own entertainment or for family. As I got older, a drawing here or there for my children. When and where I grew up, I and most the young men in my school were going to get jobs in carpentry or mechanics or heavy equipment operators. Art wasn’t even on the list of career considerations. I also grew up with social anxiety to the point that I barely spoke to people outside my family. I blamed it on shyness, but found out later it was much more than that. I managed to feed my own feelings of isolation and being an outsider and make them worse and worse throughout high school. That led to alcohol use and experimenting with marijuana and stronger mind-altering drugs. After high school, I joined the Navy and found that I also had a talent for electronics. And my penchant for alcohol got stronger. I didn’t experiment as much with drugs then, just turned to alcohol for liquid courage in social situations. But at the same time, I found myself falling into deep depression for long periods. After years of struggling with alcohol and depression and after a failed marriage and a nearly ruined career, I finally managed to get sober in 1991. As I worked to get my life back together, I was fortunate to have met my current wife who helped me immensely through everything. I still have struggles with depression and isolation. I’m still an introvert. But I’m able to keep fighting through the depression and accomplish things I wouldn’t have thought possible back in my old alcohol filled days. I started oil painting in 2002 as a hobby. I originally painted in a smooth and representational style. I made some nice pictures. But for some reason, that didn’t seem to resonate with my creative intentions. I liked oil painting, I just wanted to find a better way to use the oils to express what I wanted to express. I started looking at different styles and taking workshops with different artists. I finally decided that impressionism was closest to what I wanted to do. Then I found what I could do with a palette knife and I fell in love with the ways I could use the knife to sculpt and mold the oil on the canvas. To create reliefs, ridges and sharp lines. To create the colors moments and movements of the past, present and future all on a single piece of canvas. In 2012 I started selling my paintings. I’ve been working to evolve my style. I take inspiration from my surroundings as well as from life. I love action. The living universe around us is full of light and life and is constantly moving and changing and I want my art to reflect that life, light, movement and change. I try to capture a moment in time, but I want the movement to be visible and palpable in my paintings. That’s the reason I make such thick variable paint strokes. I use long flowing strokes or short quick strokes to convey the third and fourth dimensions in my paintings. I also am inspired by my Lakota relatives and the traditional as well as new pow wow dance and music.