I was born and raised in Redcliff, Alberta Canada. My life revolves around horses, ranching, and hockey, which are the backbones of Alberta. I love to showcase my love of hockey and horses in every aspect of my life and anyway I can. My ranching heritage has really shaped who I am as an artist and who I am as a person. My hard work and pride show through in all of the work I do. I am a designer and a fine artist, but painting has become my biggest passion. My subject matter can be summed up in three words: Horses, Hockey, and Herefords. My paintings depict everyday life on the ranch, at the rodeo, or on the ice. My work also focuses on capturing precise moments during a game or at the rodeo. These moments are very important to me because I feel like they get missed and do not get the attention they deserve. They are the most powerful elements in my work. For my grad project this year, I am focusing on pushing my painting skills by creating a western scene. The piece will be 6x8ft and will include many elements of my real life and my ranch. The cows are a specific breed that my great-grandfather Joseph had. The horses in the piece are my own horses, and even the location is a photograph of the red cliffs in Redcliff. Every element of the work, including the construction of the canvas, is calculated and has a significant meaning. The painting is a way for me to reconnect with my roots and family, but it is also a way to pay tribute to my great-grandpa who passed away last summer.