I grew up just outside of NYC in the 1970’s and 80’s, where I became intensely focused on drawing. Drawing became a portal that allowed me to explore all that I couldn’t actually experience. It was through luck and parental wisdom that I ended up attending a Waldorf School, where I was able to integrate drawing into everything. My teacher and mentor was a master of the blackboard, using colored chalks to illustrate his learning journey for 8 years.
I attended the Art Students League in New York City, where I took life drawing classes as a young adult. It was during this time that I began to reject the urban environment as an inspiration for my work. I bought a $100 beater truck and headed to Missoula in 1991. I earned a BA in Botany from the University of Montana. No more art for a while. It wasn’t until my mid 30’s that I began reviving my dormant artistic side. By then, I had developed my woodworking skills through house carpentry, cabinetry and door making. I also met my wife, Heather McRee, who remains a loving and supportive partner. Thanks to Heather, my two creative passions coalesced in my current work. My wife and I have called Helena home since 2002. We live here with our 2 children, Willa 14 and Finn 10.