Duration: Five years.
Education: BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California.
Cultural Influences: I love anything with a strong narrative, especially stories about the darker side of human nature. James Ellroy is always a good read. I played in a punk band for ten years, which had a great impact on my work. It taught me not to take things too seriously and always try to have fun. I also had two great instructors in art school, Nathan Ota and Jim Auckland, without their excellent instruction I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Environment: I have a studio built in my garage. It doesn’t feel like you’re going into the garage though because you have to walk through a Japanese water garden to enter. I look out French doors at the garden all day. It feels like you’re in another place. Very relaxing.
Philosophy: “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” —John Steinbeck