I believe I grew up in a fortunate environment, meaning I lived near a forested park and adjoining woods. This regular physical and psychological exposure to nature, the environment and its elements ushered my early proclivity to constructive methods and sculptural materials.
I graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute with minors in Humanities and Art History in 2004. Throughout that time in school, I was also busy apprenticing with a diverse set of professional artists, studios and a bronze art foundry. My time associated with the Bright Foundry lasted for approximately 15 years. In 2016 it closed permanently and I co-organized a team to succeed it as Falls Art Foundry.