How I Got Here
I’ve been an professional artist since 1993 when I got out of the Marine Corps and went to Florida to work in the theme parks as a scenic artist. I worked all over the U.S. and in Portugal and Holland building aquarium, museum and zoo exhibits. After getting injured in Holland, I went back to Tucson to recover and ended up starting my own mural company which later lead to a degree in Interior Design and a contracting company for paint and murals.
When I moved back from Colorado to Tucson in 2008, I joined up with my local fly shop Drycreek Outfitters and the gentlemen there got me into Project Healing Waters. I learned to cast better, tie flies, and build a fly rod. Which then lead me to want to build a fly rod case out of leather. I found that leather was my favorite medium and I started creating cases, handbags and other accessories. I found that I could sell online and that opened a brand new direction for me. I packed up everything I had and put it in storage, bought an RV and took off out of Tucson to find all the rivers that I heard of. I was out for about a year and a half and then went to Pendleton, Oregon for it's annual leather convention. I met the local people and loved the area, fishing is great and the weather is much cooler than Arizona. I started working in Monte Beckman's saddle shop, to learn pointers from the Master and work on my products. He decided to consolidate his two shops and I had the opportunity to rent his old shop at 141 S Main Street January 1, 2015. I did a lot of remodeling and am now very busy making inventory and yes, still fishing. I find new inspirations for my artwork and leather wherever I go, I get to meet great people and be who I want to be. Please come visit when you are in the area! Maybe we can tie some flies and I am happy to point you in the direction of good fishing! Big hugs!