The world I grew up in was centered around religion, food and football. A true Southern kid, I only had one talent: making things. I was happy to be alone and preoccupied with my toys, bicycle, drawing pens and anything else that kept me from being bored to death.
It wasn't my plan to move to New York City, but after a long journey and a couple of influential art teachers, I decided to study classical painting at the New York Academy of Art, where I was fortunate enough to study with teachers such as Eric Fischl, Vincent Desiderio and Peter Cox.
After graduate school I moved back to Alabama for a short while, (I call this my post-graduate school melt down years where I had to figure out how to be an artist...still trying to figure it out, ha,ha), but eventually, I moved back to New York City and continued my art education by taking comic and inking classes at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with Tom Hart, Lauren Weinstein and Matt Madden. I also took classes in screenwriting, graphic novel making and animation. These classes (and teachers) introduced me to the world of narrative art and inspired me to start writing and drawing my own stories.
My inspiration comes from my obsession with the past and the people and places that shaped me into who I am today.