Growing up in the foothills of the Gila National Forest and my time in the Marine Corps stationed in Southeast Asia left a lasting impression on me. These landscapes and cultures influence my work – as a multimedia artist I work in printmaking, painting, drawing, illustration and sculpture. All aspects of the arts interest me and I am an advocate of the arts for children and adults. I am currently a Commissioner with the New Mexico Arts Commission, Office of Cultural Affairs. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, I returned to southwest New Mexico, the communities of Silver City, Santa Clara and Fort Bayard in Grant County, where I was born and raised. I received my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Western New Mexico University. While maintaining my starving artist status, I took on a day job with the New Mexico State Library Rural Bookmobile Southwest, providing library services to rural communities in a six-county region of southwest New Mexico. In 2008, after 25 years of service I retired as Director of Rural Bookmobile Southwest and began teaching drawing, printmaking and art appreciation classes at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, which I enjoyed for 5½ years. During my career as a multimedia artist I created covers and illustrations for over a dozen books and illustrated two children’s books. Along with other projects, past and present, I designed posters for a variety of local and state organizations.