I first drew, with the intent to draw, at the age of nine. It wasn't until high school that my drawing talents were confirmed by the Art Instruction Schools company (I guess I was able to draw their pirate and their turtle. LOL). My parents managed to sponsor the first half of this popular and expensive mail-in art program. When funds dried up they enrolled me in a portrait-drawing workshop at Santa Monica College while I attended high school.
Enjoying my experience at Santa Monica College, I became a full-time student taking just about every available art class. This allowed me to experiment with various forms of art media at minimal cost. I eventually earned my Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. I later enrolled at Cal State LA and earned a multiple subject teaching credential, single-subject teaching credential in art, and a Masters in Education degree while teaching at the same time.
Since 2008 I've been teaching art at the high school level ([link]. Here, I get paid to grow and contribute towards my passion for the visual arts. My youthful energy and common subject interests aid me in my positive rapport with young adults.
I am an avid art book collector and I enjoy purchasing illustrations. During my free time I attend workshops from artists that I respect adding to my own personal professional development ([link].
I will be publishing an art book mid-2013. I love illustration and I love good storytelling so comics and storyboarding seem to be natural vehicles for self-expression in the future.