I was born and bred in New York, the empire state. The idea of New York being the metropolis, being the center of culture has always been a driving force in my upbringing. I roamed the city as a child and teen, drinking in the visual stimuli. Posters, graffiti, and street art. Subway performers, street dancers, skateboarding, all fed my mind with endless culture and possibilities.
I wanted to be involved. I soon started skateboarding and playing with writing graffiti. I quickly realized I had so much more to explore. I kept with it and then started to take art classes at the local guild. More and more I became immersed in art, and saw the relations of the graffiti mark back to other trends that highlighted art history. This in turn led me to getting my BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art. I learned about so many great masters, but more influential was Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Alphonse Mucha. I still felt I did not have enough of a grasp on the way I wanted to paint. I decided the best route was learning the way the masters did it. I went on to get my MFA in New York at New York Academy of the Arts and studied anatomy and dissection, at The Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, England.
All the training led into the greatest experience of my life, artist residencies. I lived and traveled Europe for seven years, attending 4 residencies in 3 countries in europe.
Austria was the most influential to me. I have a fascination with the ideas of the Secession, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movement. Recently alongside of traditional oil painting I have been exploring mixed media all the amazing art products geared to the manga artists, journalist, and cartoonists. I've been experimenting with brushes, brush pens, and endless variations of markers and inks. I paint and draw daily, at least 10 to 16 hours a day.