World renowned Artist Greg Crumbly is one of the most sought-after artists in the Fine Art and Portrait Art World. His exceptional talent in portraiture captures. With the skill to be a professional athlete, the courage to be a military man and the drive to be a policeman, becoming a renowned artist wasn't in Greg Crumbly's original career plan. A childhood accident led Crumbly to develop his talent and love of art. When he was 12, Crumbly fell off his bike and impaled his right hand on a shattered Pepsi bottle. He severed a tendon and was in a cast for a year. His doctor told him his hand would curl into a claw if he didn't write or draw to regain movement. "I hated to write. But the first day I started drawing, I was running around the house doing family portraits," said Crumbly, who grew up in Erie, Pa. "I told my dad I wanted to handle 2.2 grams of graphite better than anybody in the world." He attended the Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University after graduating No. 1 in a high school class of 4,500. After graduating from Bucknell in 1980 with a degree in psychology and art history, he joined the Army and received ranger training. He saw combat in Panama, Nicaragua and Grenada, but left the Army Rangers in 1988 after his helicopter was shot down. He joined the Pittsburgh Police Department and served as a forensic detective until 1997, drawing crime scene sketches and composites. His drawings weren't in galleries but they hung in police stations throughout the city, helping to nab criminals. In 1994, he was shot in the leg while tussling with a suspect, an injury that resulted in eight operations on his right leg, which today functions without a kneecap. The shooting also kept Crumbly, 45, from getting out in the field. He teamed with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels, including the FBI. A 1999 case brought him to Tampa, and he decided to retire and stay.