My earliest recollection of being interested in art was when I was three years old. My grandfather would bring home rolls of white butcher paper. I would spread the paper across the hardwood floor and draw long sprawling murals of motorcycles using pie dishes for wheels. In elementary school in Whittier, I would sketch the peanuts characters for all of my classmates and give them away.
When I got to middle school things really started to change for me. I was very interested in the movie Star Wars and began to sketch and paint the characters and space machinery from the movie. I was a total Star Wars nerd. I also became very interested in MAGIC. I had an agent representing me and I traveled around Southern California with a bird act. By age 14 I had two agents representing me and I was doing magic for private parties and events.
During my sophomore year of high school I met Mark Bermudez, my art teacher. He completely changed my life. He let me paint in my own studio in the back room with another painter that I completely admired. Mark gave me a book on Robert Rauschenberg. I was absolutely mesmerized by the mixed media possibilities. I went on to study the Masters and the French Impressionists. I was infatuated with Picasso and his body of work. I also realized I was very influenced by the likes of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.