I began to draw at a very young age, I taught myself while in math class and social studies. I was an average student, however, I excelled in all my art classes. As a youth, if I wasn't drawing I was riding my bmx bike or skateboard practicing every trick in the book. After High School I had little interest in a formal art education, yet in an effort to appease those around me I did entertain the idea for a couple of years before making a conscious decision to drop out and travel the world in lieu of an art degree and explore my own methods of self-education.
Aside from my vagabond type of lifestyle My twenties and thirties were spent learning many things which have proven to be useless at this point in my life, such as how to carve an apple into a pipe, how to consume a “bar mistake” quickly without being seen by management or how to pull off a 360 on my bike or snowboard.
After many years traveling to numerous beautiful and exotic countries; China, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Italy, Spain, France, New Zealand etc... my artistic expression began to bubble up and overflow out of me like a geyser. Around the time my first child was due, my adventurous lifestyle caught up to me. I had series of snowboarding and sports related injuries. I was in my 40's and things changed quickly. Out of sheer necessity, these injuries helped push me in the direction of an art career. Within turned two short years my once so-called hobby turned into a busy art career.
Whereas some artist focus on mastering a particular technique, I've always taken the approach of focusing my creative energy on the ideas, the imagination and originality. I allow the technique to develop organically, through frustration and failure towards mastery and perfection.
I find it important to evolve as an artist and being a constructive self-critic is an important part of that process for me. There is a part of me that is never truly satisfied with my work. I believe it's important to maintain a humble perspective of oneself and constantly pursue more knowledge and experience within the arts, while pushing my own boundaries a little each time. I believe repetition can lead to banality which can kill inspiration, therefore I always set aside time in the studio to experiment and keep my creative spirit excited and inspired about what I am creating.