I have been asked many times by many people about my creativity. Some people ask where it comes from or if I know at what age I realized that I had an artistic talent. Some of my earliest memories are of myself holding a pencil and drawing all over the pages of elementary text books instead of reading, solving math problems, or learning history. I would doodle so much that I would always receive a lecture at the end of the school year about the condition of the books that I returned.
My artistic talent did not begin to bloom until high school when I began taking art classes such as drawing and jewelry design. Those were the years that I realized that I had something special, but even then I did not think of making it into a career. That decision came later.
I graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 2000 and was accepted into Eastern Michigan University
and began taking classes for an Entrepreneurial-ism Business Degree. While at Eastern, I signed up for some basic drawing classes because I wanted to experience what a college art class was all about. I did well in the class and I knew that this was my calling.
After exceeding my expectations during those art classes, I transferred from EMU to Grand Valley State University into their foundation art program to eventually achieve an illustration degree. Within two semesters I had transferred yet again to Kendall College of Art and Design, where I eventually graduated from in the summer of 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. While at Kendall I studied Digital Media Illustration, and became influence by Frank Miller, Andy Whorhal and Shephard Fairey.
Even though I have been creative all my life, it has only been recently that I have been hitting my artistic stride in craftsmanship, style and my use of color. The style of my work is a hybrid of traditional and digial media and I use many different design and illustration tools to create my artwork including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I am always striving to create more and more illustrations and designs. Being creative is something that will never end, at least I hope that it never does.
I live and breathe art here in Michigan where I am constantly sharpening my creative and artistic skills while encouraging global warming to avoid the harsh winters.