About Me

A little about me. I live in Northern Kentucky just south of Cincinnati in the US. I grew up in Central Kentucky and am a lifelong University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. (Now you know where my gamertag PTG Wildcat comes from.) I work in the IT field.

I have always been a car enthusiast and have played many driving and racing games throughout my life.  I picked up the Forza series of games in 2013 when Forza Motorsport 5 was released with the launch of the original XBox One.  That was the first game where I decided to take a swing at designing race car liveries.  I have always been artistic and creative and have a tendency use my hobbies as a creative outlet.  As I got more into gaming, I realized that games that allowed me to create, modify or build things were particularly enjoyable and the Forza series centered around car culture gave me an opportunity to combine a few interests at once.

Around the time of the launch of the XBox One, there was a lot of community interaction and involvement on the Forza website forums with many painters showcasing their work in individual and team galleries there.  I was amazed at what some of the better painters could do and knew that I wanted to be involved.  So I spent many many hours practicing and painting and talking with other painters to try and learn any tips and tricks I could from established painters.  My love for painting cars and designing liveries has just continued to grow since those early years in Motorsport 5.  I would say that my early interactions with the Forza painting community and being encouraged to continue painting even as I was learning as a beginner really helped the passion for painting sink in and take hold of me.

Back in 2015, I was approached by a couple of long-time PTG team members about collaborating with them on some painting projects and spending some time in their PTG community.  After spending a bit of time there, I could instantly tell that PTG was a team full of great people ... as well as some seriously talented people when it comes to Forza games.  I was offered a spot on the team before long and jumped at the opportunity.  

That ended up being a great decision as I have been a dedicated team member ever since.  The PTG team is really a unique one in the Forza world if you ask me.  It's a low-pressure atmosphere where you are free to do what you want and enjoy the games in your own way.  There is always plenty of activity with projects, events, and race series regularly going on at PTG.  I have made some great friends at PTG who I consider to be my brothers and our relationships extend beyond just sharing a game together.

In terms of being a part of a supporting and fun group that has helped me improve my skills and enjoy the Forza world more than I could on my own, being invited in to the PTG team has been the most significant thing to happen to me since entering the world of Forza.

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