Born and mostly raised in San Antonio, Texas, when other kids were left at malls or the movies, I was dropped off at libraries, museums, and botanical gardens-- where some guards and groundskeepers got to know me by name due to all the reminders that enjoying botany and experiencing art didn't quite mix with playing G.I. Joe.
My parents ran a small print shop until my early teen years, which gave me an unlimited supply of scrap paper (as well as a basic grounding in graphic design), and they further fed my love of art by sending me to summer day camps at the McNay museum and the Southwest School of Art most years of my childhood.
Because of my hangouts, my earliest and strongest influences were Chicano and Latin American art, Asian art, Christian religious art, and classical Greek & Egyptian art- alongside the possibly more traditional-childhood influences of comic books and cartoons.
At an early age I also fell in love with the desert, during road trips through the four corner states and spring breaks spent in the Big Bend National Park. In 2006 I moved to Alpine, Texas, to be in the desert mountains and closer to the national park that sparked so much in me as I grew.
While I have been introduced to and surrounded by many other inspiring art genres and traditions, the storytelling that often filled those earliest influences remains the strongest thread that ties my various works together-- most of my artwork has narrative within it, drawn from the way I see and hear the world around me, and also the symbols of that world and cultures.
Whether the viewer will see/hear the story I was telling or a different narrative that is more personal to them, I strive to find the voice of human experiences and dreams.
Drawing remains the backbone of all my work, as well as a meditation in a way. My drawings are highly stylized, and I paint using acrylics, and enjoy working other mediums into them, my style heavily using outline and brilliant coloring, reflecting stained glass, pre-classical age art, and tattoo designs.
My printmaking is relief work, usually using carved linoleum. I enjoy using different papers both as base and as part of the Chine-collé technique. My edition runs are usually small, for some designs I run two or three editions, plain, chine colle, and/or hand colored. I prefer handcoloring when printing, as it allows me to be more spontaneous. Sometimes I also incorporate my print blocks into other pieces as textural touches via modelling pastes.
A current project of mine that started in March 2011 is using stencils of my drawings on paper, panel and canvas with acrylic spraypaint, experimenting with repetition of line, shape, and colors to create my narratives. I consider all these pieces to be monoprints.