I began my art education in 2002, where I went to RockValley College, I went there thinking to get better skills to become an illustrator and potentially into making comics. It wasn't until I took art history that I realized how far representational art could be taken. I felt that learning from the classical tradition was going to be the most rewarding challenge I could devote my time to. I thought back then as I still do now that painting has great potential for story telling.
I studied at RVC for a number of years until I realized that getting a degree was much less important to me than becoming the kind of artist I wanted to be. So I left and studied studio art and philosophy at Rockford College. During this time around 2006 I decided that Rockford could no longer provide me with the education I needed, I took a painting workshop at SORA in Chicago with Grigor Eftimov.
It was then after seeing what kind of artistic communities were in Chicago, I decided to move there, but not before commuting for nearly two years, from Rockford to Chicago, having been accepted to the American Academy of Art. Going to the Academy ended up being my gateway to the Palette and Chisel, and finally the Ravenswod Atelier where I stayed for 3 and half years. The last years at Ravenswood completed my education and took my knowledge of the craft of painting far beyond anything I thought possible.
After 11 years of school I started to wonder when I would get to start to make my own work, so I decided the time was right to go on my own.