AJ attended the University of Texas at Austin, on a full scholarship via the state of Texas and the Texas Army National Guard (TXANG). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and was commissioned as an officer in the TXANG in May of 2001. In June of 2001, AJ reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for his Armored Officer Basic Course. He was serving there during the September 11, 2001 attacks, which influenced him to volunteer for an active duty mission to guard the four Houston area airports. AJ’s active duty eventually led him to serve at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Captain Fidelman’s military missions have also taken him to Romania to train with the Romanian Army on a NATO mission, to New Orleans to lead search and rescue missions in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most recently to Kuwait, and Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Surrealistic painting is AJ's normal style, although he enjoys Abstract and Realistic as well. Although his experiences in the military have given him much inspiration, he frequently finds inspiration in still life subject matter and natural settings. Pablo Picasso was quoted saying, "Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth." AJ shares this philosophy, and it is reflected in his work. Presenting his compositions in dynamic settings with exaggerated color schemes, he shows ordinary subjects in extraordinary perspectives. AJ focuses his efforts to "find the complex in simplicity" and "pushing color" to illustrate the appreciation of detail and vibrant colors through limited pallets. AJ prefers this work be observed from several feet away to appreciate the semi-photographic quality, before one moves closer to view the “painterly” imperfections. Today, AJ has fulfilled his military commitment and enjoys spending his time perfecting his love of painting and sharing his gifts.