"I've been drawing for a while now...since I was about five or six, I think. I always wanted to paint, but had very little access to the materials while growing up. I was stuck with my color pencils, and did my best to recreate the rich look of my favorite posters, comic books, and animated cartoons by sharpening and hatching away. I finally started to learn about painting in 1998, at college. It really changed my creative thought process....as did my peers, who treated painting as a lifestyle, and encouraged me to push my work further. It was then that I was opened up to art history, and all the amazing painters that come with it. Humbled and overwhelmed, I began keeping sketchbooks / journals to organize my thoughts, and interpret them visually. I'm still working things out, and hope to continue doing so for a long time."