I attended undergraduate studies in Alaska and studied veterinary medicine at Washington State University. I later went on to earn a board certification in avian medicine and surgery and have practiced as an avian-exclusive veterinarian in California, Washington, Alaska, and now in Wisconsin. I’m also a private pilot and have enjoyed flying a variety of airplanes on sea and land. My unifying passion in life has always been birds and anything bird-related.
My artistic interests began when I was a child. I started by drawing spaceships engaged in battle, inspired by sci-fi of the time. Then I was inspired by engineering to draw blueprints of machines and buildings at the age of 10. I soon discovered I had a talent for still life and, shortly after that, discovered the beauty of birds and added that to my repertoire. I also loved writing short stories and in combination with drawing, I won awards in art and writing during my teen years.
I enjoy creating unique digital art. Most of it involves fantastic avian characters with human-like qualities. My style tends towards realism. I like to imagine what the anatomy of anthropomorphic avian creatures would be like and how these creatures would live together as a society. I also enjoy drawing real birds with the goal of creating pieces that tell the lives of birds in a way that a camera cannot capture. I also enjoy writing creative pieces along much of the same lines as my artwork with as much realism as my technical knowledge of birds can bring. Wildlife conservation is extremely important to me so I support such causes wherever possible.
Who is Aetus? Aetus means “Eagle” in Greek. It’s also the name of a fictional eagle character that I invented while dealing with a life crisis in 2013. Aetus is not mystical or spiritual. He’s my creative and fun-loving side– my younger self that I was not previously free to express. If you are at certain conventions, you may even catch a glimpse of me wearing my Aetus costume. Feel free to ask for a photo or a hug!
Thanks for joining me on my journey through art and writing.
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