Sam Garcia Jr.
San Diego, California only 2 miles from the Mexican border
I've kept fish for 39 years, worked professionally in the hobby for 29 years. Been a professional artist for 30 years.
I currently keep mostly nano aquariums under 20 gallons with small Characins and Cyprinids, rare Loricariids, Apistogramma, wild Betta species, Shrimps and Corydoras. I formerly had a very large and diverse fish and reptile collection. I toned down the livestock so I could have more time to do other things.
I go through phases where I like to focus on different species. I enjoy whatever I am currently painting and become obsessed. Recently, I even painted ducks. I am looking forward to painting Spiders, Geckos, Characins and Loricariids next year for some upcoming print series.
I also want to mention Herpetological Conservation International (HCI), Project Piaba for responsible wild collection of fish, Art For Wildlife Galleries, and Artists For Conservation (AFC).