I was born and raised in a small town in northern Indiana. After four years of saving my money, working a number of jobs from bus boy to bowling pin setter, at eighteen, I moved to the Caribbean for what I thought would be the rest of my life. I soon began meeting people from all over the world. Their stories inspired a curiosity in me that would take me around the world, working any job that I could find along the way. Three years later I arrived in San Francisco for what I thought would be six months. I fell in love with the city and taught myself to paint. Nearly fifteen years later I'm still here, making art. In addition to painting I've collaborated on projects with the homeless in San Francisco and teamed up with a Bay Area non profit which brings water projects to the indigenous Aeta Tribe of the Philippines.