I was born the son of a farmer and raised in a small town in Texas. I knew at an early age I was destined to leave what I called home, the farming community, and become greater than the generations before me. My mother fostered my artistic talents with art projects and introduced me to new mediums. She taught me to believe in myself and know that what makes art unique is that every artist is great in their own way.
In school I often drew on tests and homework assignments, creating grief from the teachers. In my senior year my high school commissioned me to redesign their official seal. My work was met with great appreciation and admiration from the faculty and school administration. Later on in the school year I was counseled by our career advisor for not putting in a college application to an art school. To be honest, I didn’t know how to direct my love for art and culture into a career, and then she introduced me to graphic design.
The price of formal education is very high, so I joined the military and took the first ticket out of town. During my time as a Marine I lived a life of travel that took me to California, North Carolina, Japan, back to North Carolina, and finally ended up here in California. This exposure to travel opened my eyes to the beauty of art and culture around the world.
I have learned life is a series of lessons taught through experience. I believe everyone can teach you something, and that true wisdom is knowing not when to speak but when to listen.