Spontaneous Realism

The following is an outline of my current and past work experience. Each item has provided an opportunity to learn, grow, and continue developing both as a person and a professional artist. Take a look to learn more.

Curriculum Vitae


1st. Vice President/Show Chair

October 2020 - Current



July - December 2020

Carpe Artem Gallery, Oklahoma City

June 27th - 28th

OK Art Crawl - OVAC

Chickasha, OK 

June 6th  - June 27th, 2020

Steve Liggett Studio, Poetica Erotica


June 2019

Steve Liggett Studio, Tulsa, OK

First Annual Tulsa Erotic Art Show -

"Sensual Chaos"


May 2019

Water's Edge Winery - Oklahoma City, OK

"Bold & Vivid"

February 2019

A.C.T. Gallery, Tahlequah, Oklahoma -

"Erotic Art Show" 

January 2019

A.C.T. Gallery, Tahlequah, Oklahoma -

"Tri-County Art Show" 

February 2003

Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

"Into The Sunset"

February 2002

Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

"Expressions of Blue"

January 1997

Congressional Art Competition, Washington, D.C. -

"Victory Touchdown" 

October 1996

Congressional Art Competition, Salem, Oregon -

"Victory Touchdown"

November 1995

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


November 2018 - May 2020

"Famous Faces," Oklahoma City

Water's Edge Winery

October 2018

"Vivid Visions," Oklahoma City -

Water's Edge Winery


October 2003

Art Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Best In Show

June 2002

Art Institute, Phoenix, AZ

2nd Place

January 1996

Congressional Art Competition, Salem, OR

First Place 

November 1995

Oregon State University

Honorable Mention


Muskogee Phoenix, Muskogee, OK

May 2019

Tahlequah Daily Press, Tahlequah, OK

February 2019

Denver Westworld, Denver, CO

June 2009

Portland Tribune, Portland, OR

May 2007

KVAL News, Eugene, OR

April 2005

Phoenix, Gazette, Phoenix, AZ

July 2003



Carpe Artem

Oklahoma City - November 2020

Mid-Del Art Guild 

Midwest City, Oklahoma - March 2020

Mid-Del Art Guild 

Midwest City, Oklahoma - February 2020

Muskogee Art Guild

Muskogee, Oklahoma - May 2019

A.C.T. Gallery

 Tahlequah, Oklahoma - April 2019

A.C.T. Gallery 

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - February 2019

Community College Colorado

Denver, CO - October 2009

Lane Community College

Eugene, OR - April 2007

Phoenix, AZ School District

Phoenix, AZ - February 2002


Trever Yarrish, Oregon

"Inspired" series, July 2020 - July 2021


Danny Phillips, Program Chair-Mid-Del Art Guild

"Groovin' Free Together," April 2020


Absentee Shawnee Cultural Preservation Department "Untamed," July 2018



OVAC - Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

Mid-Del Art Guild


The Savvy Artist

Starting my artistic journey in 1997, the desire to create art that I attained soon became an unyielding obligation to myself to explore the inner mechanism of my creative consciousness.


From small sketches to large scale projects, my art is a highly-personal reflection of myself.

I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in many collaborative projects, as well as exhibiting in a solo capacity, which has solidified my reputation in the art world.


If you would like to find out more about my process, get in touch.

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