As a native of Donelson, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville),
I have, over fifty years, had a creative spark!
I knew from an early age I wanted to create with my hands. Give me pencil and paper, hammer, wood or cardboard and I would be occupied for hours drawing and making things. Little did I know how important that would be in my life’s mission…
My love for art also turned into the love of the automobile, which has played a major part of my life. I have owned and restored nearly forty autos since my high school years, starting out with a $400 Model T Ford.
From 1970 – 1976 I served in the Tennessee Army National Guard while attending Western Kentucky University, graduating with a degree in Television Production and Advertising. From 1977 – 1981 I attended the Harris School of Art where I refined my art skills. During my tenure, I sold an old car and was able to travel to Europe to study art. It was a life changing experience.
After school, my first job as an artist was to produce a multimedia laser light show in the Sudekum Planetarium at the Cumberland Museum in Nashville for the next 2-1/2 years.
From 1983 – 1994 I worked for The Nashville Network (TNN), a country music cable television station located in the Opryland Theme Park and Grand Ole Opry complex as an artist/designer and carpenter. Listed below are some of the many shows I have worked on:
- The Grand Ole Opry - Hee Haw
- Country Music Awards - CMT
- Johnny Cash Show - Bob Hope Christmas Special
- Nashville Now - Crook and Chase
- Video Shows - ASCAP Awards
- Fan Fair
I have also worked on many trade shows:
- Mazda - Toyota
- Honda - Dr. Pepper
- Sherwin Williams - World Aerobic Championship
- World Soccer Championship