Growing up along the countryside of Minnesota and Wisconsin provided me with a passion for the outdoors ever since I can remember. What I remember most is I was always trying to capture my time spent outside on paper. I've always loved to draw, but somewhere in my heart I knew that wildlife was what I really wanted to do. I received my bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of North Dakota. I worked for six years as a wildlife professional for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the Minnesota DNR.
I’ve been selling my original artworks for over 10 years. My art is displayed in over 500 private collections around the world. After winning the 2013 Colorado Duck Stamp contest I began to think more seriously about a career in art. I set more time aside for my acrylic paintings (I now work almost exclusively in oils) and focused less on my career in wildlife conservation. In 2013 I began volunteering for the National Park Service in return for housing which I think allowed me the time to develop as an artist. I went back to work in 2014 before leaving my job to work full-time as an artist just lately in May of 2015.