Like most artists I know, I’ve been creating art as long as I can remember. I recall having a heated competition with a first grade classmate over who drew a better Fred Flintstone. I admit he had me on Fred, but I could wipe the floor with him in a Snoopy competition. I kept drawing throughout my formative years and basically haven’t stopped. It helped me tremendously that I had very supportive parents…it also helped that I was fairly awful at math! Art just always seemed like the thing I was going to be doing as a grownup.
Through junior high I did OK to failing in art class, even though my parents had enrolled me in private art lessons. School art was boring and I have a tough time doing well when I’m bored, but in my art lessons I was being challenged with all kinds art styles and mediums, and my instructor was proving that an artist could make a living at it. In high school I finally landed a teacher that saw my potential and challenged me with assignments tailored to my abilities, rather than forcing me to do what the other students were doing. She even created an honors art class where kids like me could be challenged even further and earn a higher GPA.
From that class I was recruited to attend the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Being one of the top design schools in the country I gravitated to their Commercial Art programs over the Fine Art Department. There I earned a BFA with a major in illustration and spent the next two decades as an illustrator, graphic designer, and art director.
Over the years I have felt the urge to enter the world of fine art on numerous occasions and after moving to Colorado in 2013 I decided to give it a shot. It’s impossible for an artist to live in such a beautiful place as the Rockies without being inspired to create.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my artwork, I hope you find something you enjoy!