About the Artist:
I have been drawing ever since I knew how to pick up crayons. As I recall, my dad installed a special wall in our bedroom so my sister and I could have a wall to doodle on. Mostly we made a crayon scribbled mess of it, but it was quite the innovative solution. Those were good times. Just like any child, I was exposed to the many great characters of Charles M. Shultz, Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson, and Chuck Jones. My sister and I enjoyed watching shows like 'Fraggile Rock,' and 'The Dark Crystal,' with our dad. Little did I know at the time what amazing artists they were, and the impact they would have on my life, and still do. One thing I learned in school was that the classroom was not the ideal outlet for my imagination. My mind constantly wandered and I struggled in school. My Kindergarten teacher would explain to my mom about how hard it was for me to sit still in class on the days when I knew we were going to paint, color, or work on other crafts. Eventually I grew out of it a little, and decided that it’s actually fun to learn other subjects, except math. My Grandfather, a successful Architect who designed countless homes across the Southwestern United States, was really my first art teacher. He taught me the basic principles of drawing, such as proportion, perspective, and the use of color and values. As a teenager, I mostly drew animals, portraits, and painted landscapes with watercolor. In the late 1990’s, I studied art at Utah Valley State College where I made an effort to study the human form. I took as many drawing courses as I could to continue to challenge myself and build my skills. By the 2000’s I transferred to Brigham Young University where I studied among incredible and motivational professors. It was a humbling experience, and I worked very hard to be the best artist I could be. In 2004 I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and now work as a Graphic Designer, specializing in private branding for a product development firm located in Lehi, Utah. In addition to regular participation in an artist’s critique group, I also enjoy visiting art galleries and museums. I prefer to go when I will have time to carefully study the pieces of both modern artists and works of the masters. I continue to build my craft, creating personal work to seek suitable outlets for my talent.