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Art has been a part of my life for a long time. From drawing maps for my Grandmother as a kid, to getting out of KP duty in the Navy because I was painting a mural on a drill hall wall. As a kid I toyed with comic book illustrations with a friend who went on to be a comic book artist. For a long time I took it for granted, but lately I have learned to appreciate it and to focus more energy on it so that I can share it with others.

One of my favorite things to collect is memories. My time in the Navy gave me a ton. From snorkeling in the Philippines to standing on an aircraft carrier deck while F-14's went by at 200 mph. Not to mention the friends that were made. I now have a bunch of "Old Navy buddy" stories. Those are always useful. Art has become an outlet for me to capture those memories.

I wouldn't be where I am today without my family. Both immediate and extended. But mostly my wife. She definitely knows how to push my buttons. Seriously though, she has been the one to push me in the right direction. She purchased my latest drawing table for my birthday and she acts as my homing beacon. Without her I would still be wondering around trying to figure which way to go next. Then there are the dogs. I think I will always have a dog in my life. Everyone needs something at home that is glad to see you. No matter what kind of day you have had, they are happy to be with you. And then there is that cat. Need I say more? He thinks it's his house and we are just sponging off him.

I find that I am inspired by many things. Horses, dogs, sunsets and sunrises. As of late, a group of people that work very hard, and accomplish a dream, have been my inspiration. That group of people can be found at

Cook's Garage.

Some of my other interests, other than art, are playing with what I call race cars. Nothing takes your mind off the rest of the world like coming off a corner with your foot planted to the floor and the back end kicking out sideways. It's too bad I don't have a car that's capable of doing it.