Born and raised in southern California, I have been an artist all of my life. Introduced to photography while attending high school, I fell in love with how I could use it as another extension of my art. I have explored all mediums of art from sketch to sculpture. In photography I found I could channel all of my artistic energies into one creation. Through using Photoshop, I have combined these different fields into one medium. In 1998, I obtained my degree in illustration and advertising photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. I will be returning to Brooks in the fall of 2002, to begin work on obtaining my masters degree. I am currently working as an advertising photographer and photo illustrator in Los Angeles, California.
I have won numerous awards for my photography and other artistic creations. They have been displayed at galleries and exhibits. I am always looking for new ways to further my artistic style and broaden the spectrum of ideas that I put into my art. I do extensive research into the various subjects that I bring to life in my work.
Throughout my work, I try to deliver more than a picture to my viewers, but rather an invitation to enter the world of my perception. Each picture works as a portal into a different realm of the human psyche. These works illustrate my interests and fears decorated with the bewilderment and awe for the beauty and intrigue hidden within the images of everyday life. The viewer is best able to embrace the true essence of my work once they allow themselves to dwell in it, exploring the sharp contrasts of life, death, hope and despair that are tailored into the emotions of human experience. Using a collection of different abstracted photographs, I illustrate stories of mythical fantasy combined with gut reaching reality. Through this combination of reality and fantasy, I try to create little surreal worlds for the viewer’s imagination to dance in.