Trapping has been a life time hobby that I’ve always enjoyed. However, I have taken this hobby to a whole new level by merging it into my art pieces.
At first I was afraid I would receive heavy criticism especially from the animal activists and the like. However, art has no boundaries, and I am proud to display such undiscovered beauty on canvas.
Through my art, I hope to promote the sport of trapping. I hope to express, display, and share the mix of emotions our fellow trappers experience. We trappers go through a mix of emotions as we approach the trap and find success. There’s the adrenaline rush that never gets old, as well as the feeling of accomplishment that motivates you to plow forward.
When I am doing a piece that involves trapping, I can’t help but to feel excited about it. When starting a painting, I complete the trap first. It really stimulates me. I just keep looking back at it with excitement as I continue creating the rest of the painting. Art on the trap line is one of my favorites and I feel completely satisfied with the final product.
Trapping in itself is a work of art. I really look up to the ol' Wolfers that have secrets of success. Someday I hope to be as successful as our fellow trapping friends. For now, I enjoy taking my kids out and passing down this tradition.
Trapping and being outdoors is an experience that I truly treasure.
My parents have always taught me that you must work hard for the things we want in life because things don’t come easy. It is my biggest dream to be a full-time artist and to trap as a long liner. I have a full-time job to provide for my family of six, and I always make time to work on my art. There are times I come home from work dead tired and I honestly do not feel like painting what so ever. So I keep a bottle of some mild trapping lure next to my easel.
One whiff of that is enough to motivate me to whip up some paint and slap it on that canvas for at least a few hours.
Currently I have completed a few pieces of art from the trap line. I am also working on commissions. Commissions I do are personal pictures of trappers and their catches. Some of these are really great pics that include the children. These are all sentimentally valued experiences. I am excited about the ideas I have for future works. These include: mountain men on the trap line, trapping scenes from the swamps, the Appalachians and the Rockies, also western scenes with fur bearers.
Thank you for your interest. May God Bless.
"From Where the Sun Stands Now, I will Fight No More"
30"x32" oil on canvas. This is a painting of my good friend Justin Jett's first western Bobcat he trapped here in New Mexico. Justin is with Hoosier Trapper Outdoors that can be seen on Youtube and Hoosier Trapper Supply.
12"x20" oil in canvas. This painting is from a Bobcat that was trapped and photographed by Nick Burri in his Home State of Nebraska.
"Hitting the Jackpot"
30"x20" oil on canvas panel. This painting i did of a black coyote, Rusty Johnson of Rusty Johnson's Predator Lures took this beautiful beast on a control job in North Carolina. Studies show that there is one Black Coyote born to every 4000.