I have three ongoing series: grackles, landscapes and bicycles that are inspired by Austin, TX and the landscape around where I live. I started painting grackles because they were invading my backyard squawking and making a mess. I had no luck in stopping the pests from eating my dogs' food and pooping on the deck. Instead I embraced the pest and started painting them. Call it karma, they left my backyard...temporarily. I am still on the fence as a grackle lover or hater but continue to be fascinated by their omnipresence and entertaining character. I only paint on wood panels I build myself and spend just as much time in my wood shop as my studio. I landed in east Austin in 2005 from Boston with a BFA from James Madison University in Virginia.