At 5, Bradley Chance Hays got his first pencil and paper set.

At 6, his dad gave him his first rope.

From then on, his rope and his pencil became his life — and still are 18 years later.

Now, Hays is a professional calf roper and artist, painting primarily expressionistic pieces of horses.

“It’s kind of a wild duo,” he said. “Art’s been good to me. It’s opened a lot of doors.”

Growing up the son of a rodeo cowboy — his father — and an art teacher — his mother — Hays learned both crafts and works hard to combine the two.

Picture 7