I’ve always had a passion for and drive to express myself artistically. As a creative kid growing up in Vegas, dance was a natural choice and I jumped in with dreams of being in the big Vegas shows one day.
After a car accident when I was 21, dance was no longer an option as a creative outlet so I returned to another life-long passion – sketching and painting. Not being able to walk for three months gave me a lot of time to experiment with paint. Jimi Hendrix was one of my first subjects during this time. I just started painting Jimi in different poses and from different angles, using different colors and really just got a feel for my style.
I started posting photos of my work on social media and the feedback I received was really positive and encouraging. When I realized that I was starting to prefer spending time in my studio painting instead of going out with friends or working my other job, I knew I wanted to push myself forward in my art.
Moving to LA to attend art school at UCLA was super scary but also exciting. Learning my strengths and weaknesses as an artist was an important experience and really helped me define my style.
I had the chance to paint a variety of different subjects but, at my core, I’m a portrait artist. I love iconic, bold images that speak to everyone, regardless of nationality, religion or political leanings. Painting rock stars is a perfect fit for me. Most people can look at a painting of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon or the Rolling Stones and identify with it on some level. Music really is the great equalizer.
I’m honored and excited to be able to share my art and creative process with everyone through this blog. I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts in the comments. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer in the comments or through future blogs!